VIDEO: Wiggins triumphs in the Tour of Britain after gracing the streets of Epsom (From This Is Local London)
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VIDEO: Sir Bradley Wiggins triumphs in the Tour of Britain 2013 after gracing the streets of Epsom
Sir Bradley Wiggins has turned his attention to the Road World Championships on Wednesday after securing the Tour of Britain title on the streets on London yesterday.
The Olympic gold medallist, riding for Team Sky, finished 26 seconds ahead of his nearest rival over the eight-stage race – which included Saturday’s 155km jaunt from Epsom to Guildford via Leatherhead.
Wiggins, 33, led the Tour after winning the third stage time trial in Knowsley, while his fellow Brit Mark Cavendish won three stages – including the London finale – to finish 34th overall.
Wiggins said: “I said I wanted to win it. It is pressure for the whole week.
"Until you cross the line you just don't know. It's all right to think it's a bit of a ceremony round London, but it certainly isn't.
"You cross the line, you're pumped up. It's relief that you've finished and fulfilled it for your team and your team-mates."
Stage Seven of the Tour of Britain kicked off in Epsom and went through Ashtead and Leatherhead en route to Guildford
Final general classification:
1. Bradley Wiggins (GB) - Team Sky - 29 hours, 45 minutes, 22 seconds
2. Martin Elmiger (Swi) - IAM Cycling - +26 seconds
3. Simon Yates (GB) - Great Britain - +1 min, 3 seconds
4. David Lopez (Sp) - Team Sky - +1 min, 8 seconds
5. Jack Bauer (NZ) - Garmin - +1 min, 13 seconds
Sir Bradley Wiggins looks the part signing autographs at Epsom Downs Racecourse
Mark Cavendish won Stage Seven of the Tour of Britain
How did Wiggo make it into the crowds?
Thousands turned up to cheer on the cyclists as they made their way from the start line at Epsom Downs Racecourse
Councillor Colin Taylor, mayor of Epsom and Ewell, joined in the festivities at the racecourse
Epsom College's jazz band performed on the day
Stage Seven of the Tour of Britain kicked off at Epsom Downs Racecourse
Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were among the cyclists competing on the day
Thousands lined the streets to cheer on the cyclists
Stage Seven of the Tour of Britain started in Epsom and went through Ashtead and Leatherhead en route to the finishing line in Guildford
Sir Bradley Wiggins signs autographs at Epsom Downs Racecourse
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