Tour De France 2012 Standings: Bradley Wiggins Cements Victory

Luis BatlleContributor IJuly 22, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 22:  Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procyling inadvertadly shakes hands with a podium invader after the twentieth and final stage of the 2012 Tour de France, from Rambouillet to the Champs-Elysees on July 22, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Bradley Wiggins came into the final stage of the 2012 Tour de France with the lead, and he never looked back.

The official 2012 Tour de France champion was also the first British rider to ever win the world's most prestigious cycling event.

Wiggins finished with a time of 87:34:47 and was able to maintain a three-minute, 21-second lead over teammate Christopher Froome to claim the 2012 title. Once Wiggins got out to a lead overall in the standings, he was able to hold onto it.

The Sky Procycling team was a major storyline throughout this cycling championship of epic proportions. The team had six stage wins in the 2012 Tour de France, with Mark Cavendish winning three, Wiggins two and Froome taking one. 

Overall, the British had seven total wins at the Tour, with David Millar adding one to the mix as well. It was outright domination in 2012 for the British, and it was a well-deserved win for Wiggins.

Other notables were Vincenzo Nibali and Tejay Van Garderen, both of whom had tremendous runs at this year's competition.

Nibali finished in third place, just 6:19 behind Wiggins in the standings. He boasted six top-10 finishes. The Italian cycling talent represented team Liquigas-Cannondale with pride,and was right up there with Wiggins and Froome until the end.

American rider Van Garderen also posted an especially solid finish overall in this year's Tour. He finished in the top 10 in four different stages, including a seventh-place finish in Stage 19.

It was an impressive tournament for Wiggins and was a tremendous feat for both Sky Procycling and the British riders.

The 2012 Tour de France finished in exponentially promising fashion, and Wiggins came out on top in what was a well-earned title.