BRADLEY Wiggins declared “dreams do come true” after becoming the first British winner of the Tour de France.
Wiggins completed his 13th day in the yellow jersey and the 99th Tour in first place, three minutes 21 seconds ahead of Team Sky colleague Chris Froome, who became the second Briton, after his team-mate, on the podium in the history of the race.
Not content with his personal success, Wiggins played an integral role as world champion Mark Cavendish won the 120-kilometre 20th stage from Rambouillet, sealing victory on the Champs-Elysees for a fourth consecutive year.
The realisation of his achievement, a lifelong goal, was beginning to sink in.
As he addressed a crowd filled with Britons by the Champs-Elysees, Wiggins said: “Thanks for the amazing support the last three weeks. It’s been a magical couple of weeks.
“Some dreams do come true.
“My old mother over there, her son’s just won the Tour de France.
“Thank you everyone.
“Cheers. Have a safe journey home and don’t get too drunk.”
Wiggins added: “It’s hard to take in as it happens. Every lap of the Champs-Elysees was goose-pimple stuff.
“We had a job to do with Mark today and we were all motivated to do that so it made it go a lot quicker.
“The concentration was high and for Mark to finish it off like that, well, it couldn’t get any better.”