Tour de France

Tour de France ends on Champs Elysées

Reuters/Stephane Mahe

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins was awaited by an eager public on Paris’s Champs Elysées Sunday afternoon. Before the final leg of the 2012 Tour de France he had a three minute 21 second lead on his teammate and compatriot Chris Froome and a six minute 19 second lead over Italian Vincenzo Nibali.

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Bradley was expected to be the first British rider to win the Tour.

Sunday’s stage, the 20th, starts at Rambouillet, near Paris, but is 120 kilometres long due to the fact that the riders are obliged to cycle the six-kilometre final circuit, along the Tuileries gardens and the Champs Elysées avenue, eight times.

The final stage has taken place on the historic Paris avenue since 1975.

The cyclists are expected to arrive at 5.19 pm, assuming that they travel at an average of 38 kilometres per hour.

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