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Wiggins left stunned by Tour heroics

ESPN staff
July 22, 2012

A "buzzing" Bradley Wiggins says his historic Tour de France triumph will take a while to sink in, with the newly-crowned champion admitting he never thought he would win the fabled race.

Wiggins wrote himself into the record books by becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France, securing a famous one-two for Team Sky after Chris Froome finished in second, some three minutes and 21 seconds behind his victorious team-mate.

With his own success all but assured, Wiggins played a key role in the lead-out which carried Mark Cavendish to his fourth straight sprint victory on the Champs-Elysees in the race's final stage on Sunday.

"I'm still buzzing from the Champs-Elysees, it's so quick around there," Wiggins said. "We had a job to do with Cav and we did it. What a way for him to finish it off. I've got to get used to that now [being in the spotlight after securing his place in cycling history forever].

"It will take a while... I'm just trying to soak up every minute of today as it goes along. It's very surreal at the moment. This sort of thing happens to other people, you never imagine it happens to you.

"It's incredible. I bet I'll look back in years to come and think 'God, that was special'."

Cavendish's win was his third and Team Sky's sixth stage victory of the 2012 iteration of the Tour. In total, Britain won seven stages - David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) also bagged one - and world champion Cavendish says he is shocked by the accomplishment.

"It's incredible. It couldn't be a more perfect end to an amazing Tour for me," he said. "We haven't just won the yellow jersey, we got first and second.

"We [Britain] won seven stages in total - that's one out of three stages won by a British rider. The guys in the Olympic team have one more job to do, but it's been an incredible few weeks for us."

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