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Triumphant homecoming for Wiggins

A triumphant Bradley Wiggins, who was raised in London, was due back home to have some time off with his family and allow the realisation to sink in - that he has become the first British man to win the Tour de France.

The 32-year-old made history when he crossed the finish line on Paris's Champs-Elysees, telling reporters: "Job done".

David Cameron led congratulations, describing his victory as an "immense feat of physical and mental ability".

Wiggins' victory propels him into the league of Britain's greatest sportsmen, with calls for him to be knighted. He is already the bearer of six Olympic medals, three of them gold.

Supporters at Herne Hill Velodrome, in south-east London, where he began racing as a boy, celebrated his result, with one describing how she remembered the young Wiggins telling her he would one day win the Tour de France.

The final stage was the 13th consecutive day that he had worn the race leader's yellow jersey in the 99th edition of the gruelling 20 stage, 3,497 kilometre (2,173-mile) race.

He completed the day three minutes and 21 seconds ahead of Team Sky colleague Chris Froome, who became only the second Briton to take the podium in the history of the event.

Their team-mate and fellow Brit Mark Cavendish won the final stage of the race into Paris after powering to the front in his rainbow jersey 400 metres from the line.

In Herne Hill, where a large crowd gathered around a big screen TV at the track to cheer "Wiggo" on, Jan Slater, 74, from Forest Hill, south east London, said she remembered him as a boy who "used to sit in the clubroom with a towel over his head with his earphones in listening to The Jam".

London mayor Boris Johnson, who confirmed that London will bid to host the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2016, said: "Huge congratulations must go to Bradley Wiggins. His incredible determination, focus and will to win blew away the rest of the field and propelled this legendary Londoner to the summit of his sport."

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