Tour De France 2012: Bradley Wiggins Was Perfect Man to Win Tour De France

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 22, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 22:  Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procycling celebrates on a processional lap after winning the 2012 Tour de France 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' arduous quest to become the first British rider to ever win the Tour de France has finally come to a close. It's safe to say the 32-year-old cyclist got the results he wanted.

It took Team Sky's best rider over 87 hours to complete the 20 stages of cycling's greatest race—87:34:47 exactly—and Wiggins was the best man to win the painstakingly long competition.

Wiggins is nothing short of a class act. He's one of the most professional men on the Tour, and we hardly hear complaints about his conduct.

Fortunately for cycling, Wiggins has never been included in a conversation that has to do with doping allegations. He doesn't have a blemish on his record, and is largely regarded as one of the most pleasant competitors.

Typically in cycling, many people aren't pleased with the winner of the Tour de France. Sure, Americans loved Lance Armstrong's seven consecutive wins, but there had to be plenty of disgruntled fans across the world.

Now Armstrong is in a career-altering battle against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to try to clear himself of the alleged wrongdoing that the agency has accused him of (via New York Daily News).

But Wiggins hasn't been linked to anything of the sort. He's avoided the massive amounts of doping charges that have defamed his peers, and can call himself one of cycling's shining stars for the foreseeable future.

All the way back during Stage 14, when the outcome of the race had not yet been decided, Wiggins put on an incredible display of sportsmanship. Sabotage struck the Tour de France when tacks were thrown on the road in the Pyrenees.

The consequences were catastrophic. Some 30 riders were slowed by flat tires and other difficulties due to the tacks, including defending champion Cadel Evans, who, at the time, was too close to Wiggins for comfort in the general classification standings.

Wiggins showed perfect cycling etiquette when he urged the peloton to slow down instead of taking advantage of Evans' misfortune.

Usually when one of an athlete's biggest rivals meets a stroke of bad luck and it causes him to fall behind a competitor doesn't sit back and wait for him to catch up. They push on to give themselves more of an advantage.

Not Wiggins. He showed—once again—why he is a consummate professional and the right man to sit atop the Tour de France rankings for the next year.