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Topic - Bernard Hinault
Froome rode into Paris in style — in the yellow race leader's jersey he took on Stage 8 and never relinquished, vigorously fending off rivals whose concerted challenges turned this Tour into a thriller.
Sprinters jostled for position on the final straight, but Cavendish held off a challenge from Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen.
Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France by protecting the yellow jersey during Sunday's final processional ride into Paris. He also helped Sky teammate Mark Cavendish earn his fourth straight sprint victory on the Champs-Elysees.
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE | With the Tour de France heading toward its decisive stages, there still is no favorite in a wide-open race that is fueling the passions of French fans who hope Thomas Voeckler holds his lead against all odds.
This year's Tour de France was marked by rivalry, battles, reconciliation and cheering crowds.
He notes that for many riders, winning just one stage — let alone the 11 he needs to draw level with Merckx — is a career-defining feat.
"You have to show the Tour de France the respect it deserves," he said.