Union Flags waved and thunderous cries of “Allez Wiggo!” rang out as a joyful Bradley Wiggins powered down the Champs-Elysees and into the history books as the first Briton to win the Tour de France in the race”s 109-year history.
The 32-year-old cyclist looked close to tears after he crossed the finish line, raising his arms in a victory salute.
Tens of thousands of spectators had gathered to watch the defining moment, which took place on a glorious sunny day in Paris.
After hugging his british team mate Chris Froome, who came second overall, he was then congratulated with kisses and hugs by his 30-year-old wife Catherine, and their children Ben, seven, and five-year-old Isabella.
It was the best end possible to 2,173 miles of racing over three grueling weeks, as he took to the winners” podium.
Accepting the cup, Bradley bowed to the British fans before opera singer Lesley Garrett sang God Save The Queen.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone for the support all the way around. It has been a magical couple of weeks for the team and British cycling,” he said.
“Sometimes dreams come true and to my mother over there, her son has now won the Tour de France. Have a safe journey home and don”t get too drunk tonight.”