Mark Cavendish left no doubt who the champion of the sprints is today with a dominant sprint victory on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, as his Team Sky closed the 2012 Tour de France with a parade of champions.
With the World Champion, winning the final stage of the Tour in the rainbow jersey for the first time in history. Bradley Wiggins safely home in the yellow jersey, the first Briton in history to win the Tour de France. Chris Froome in second, looking all the world like a guy who has some grand tour success in his near future. In many ways I feel sorry for him, he has been immense but all the praise has focussed on Wiggins – don’t forget Froome in the celebrations.
Jens Voigt of Radio Shack-Nissan-Trek led a two- and then six-man breakaway over the final 30km of the race, the Paris circuits, seeking to disrupt the sprinters’ party, but that dream ended for good with 3km to go, thanks to efforts by Sky, Liquigas, Garmin and Saxo-TInkoff, to name a few.
Wiggins took the second-to-last leadout pull, another sign of Sky solidarity and a rare sight of the yellow jersey working hard at the end of the Paris stage with one km to go. From there Edvald Boasson Hagen delivered Cavendish to the 500 meter mark, and the Manx Missile took over, launching his second heretofore uncharacteristically long sprint to the line, with the same result as stage 18 — nobody coming close to beating him.
- Mark Cavendish, Sky
- Peter Saga, Liquigas, s.t.
- Matt Goss, Orica GreenEdge, s.t.
- JJ Haedo, Saxo-Tinkoff, s.t.
- Kris Boeckmans, Vacansoleil, s.t.
Final General Classification
- Bradley Wiggins, Sky
- Chris Froome, Sky, at 3.21
- Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas, at 6.19
- Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Lotto, at 10.15
- Tejay Van Garderen, BMC, at 11.04
- Haimar Zubeldia, RNT, at 15.43
- Cadel Evans, BMC, at 15.51
- Pierre Rolland, Europcar, at 16.31
- Janez Brajkovic, Astana, at 16.38
- Thibaut Pinot, FDJ, at 17.17
Final Points Classification
- Sagan, 421 points
- Andre Greipel, Lotto-Belisol, 280
- Goss, 268
Final Mountains Classification
- Thomas Voeckler, Europcar, 135 points
- Frederick Kessiakoff, Astana, 123
Final Young Rider Classification
- Van Garderen
- Pinot, FDJ, at 6.13