Tour de France Arrives in Paris
(From L to R) Second-place finisher Cadel Evans of Australia, winner Carlos Sastre of Spain and third-place finisher Bernhard Kohl of Austria celebrate after the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris on July 27, 2008. Sastre, previously a five-time top-ten finisher of the race, won the overall title for the first time. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)
The Tour de France crowned one champion in 2012 but lost its most decorated winner in seven-time champion Lance Armstrong, to doping violations.
Bradley Wiggins became the first British rider to capture a Tour de France title Sunday, riding into Paris to complete the event's 20th and final stage.
Bradley Wiggins holds a 2-minute advantage in the overall standings as the Tour de France heads into its final five stages.
Pierrick Fedrigo held off Christian Vande Velde with a strong close Monday in winning the 15th stage of the 2012 Tour de France.
Luis Leon Sanchez logged a victory in Stage 14 of the Tour de France Sunday while Bradley Wiggins' 15th-place finish enabled him to retain the yellow jersey.
Frenchman Thomas Voeckler captured Stage 10 of the Tour de France Wednesday, but British cyclist Bradley Wiggins stayed in first overall.
Britain's Bradley Wiggins won the Stage 9 time trial Monday to increase his overall lead in the Tour de France.
France's Thibaut Pinot claimed Stage 8 of the 2012 Tour de France Sunday while Bradley Wiggins retained the yellow jersey indicative of the overall lead.
Chris Froome won Stage 7 and Bradley Wiggins grabbed the yellow jersey at the Tour de France Saturday, boosting Britain's fortunes in cycling's premier event.
Peter Sagan won his third stage of the 2012 Tour de France Friday and half the field was caught up in a huge crash 25 kilometers from the finish.
United Press International