Tour de France 2012: Reaction to Bradley Wiggins's victory

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour de France on Sunday as a dramatic three weeks came to a perfect conclusion for Team Sky.

The 32-year-old finished in the chasing peloton in Sunday's final stage around the streets of Paris with an overall winning margin of three minutes and 21 seconds from team-mate Chris Froome, with Italian Vincenzo Nibali back in third.

It was a feat that saw many pass on their congratulations to the three-time Olympic track champion.

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford

"It feels very good, very satisfying. When you make history, it's got to be a golden age.

"For Bradley to do that today and for the team to achieve its goal gives a real sense of pride and satisfaction in the lads.

"The thing that gives me the most pride is the team spirit and unity that they have shown, despite everybody trying to make issues that there was a problem with Cav, a problem with Froome, a problem with Wiggins.

"There wasn't any problems at all, and if there was, I couldn't see it."

Prime Minister David Cameron

"Like everyone in the country, I'm absolutely delighted. Bradley Wiggins has scaled one of the great heights of British sporting achievement.

"To win the Tour de France is an immense feat of physical and mental ability and aptitude. I think the whole country wants to say well done.

"It's the perfect backdrop and start to the Olympics. It's going to be an incredible festival of sport over the next few weeks and Bradley and the whole team's great success in the Tour will lift the spirit of the country."

Team Sky head coach Shane Sutton

"This guy pedalled a bike for three weeks and achieved greatness. It's probably one of the biggest sporting moments in British history.

"He went out there, we gave him what he needed, and he went and got the job done. His team backed him 100%. They knew they had the winner coming in to it and he delivered. He's the man. He was born to do this."

Team-mate Mark Cavendish

"It's incredible what we've achieved today - what a team. It was an honour to have the yellow jersey leading me out. Bradley told me he'd go full gas to the last kilometre and then Edvald [Boasson Hagen] led me into the last corner.

"The finish couldn't have been more perfect - no better end to this Tour.

"Four years ago we said we were setting out to win the Tour, but we haven't just done that, we've got second place as well and a handful of stages."

Team-mate Mick Rogers

"It's surprised me. This is a goal he's been working at forever. For me it is so satisfying seeing someone who works so hard get to fulfil that goal."

British Cycling president Brian Cookson

"To see a British rider and a fellow member of British Cycling win is a dream come true for me and all at British Cycling.

"This is a monumental day for sport in the UK - Great Britain has produced in Bradley Wiggins a rider who has won one of the world's biggest sporting challenges and everyone involved in cycling in this country must be immensely proud of that."

Mayor of London Boris Johnson

"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.

"His inspirational performances, ably supported by his fellow Team Sky riders including Brits Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish, will encourage thousands more people to take to two wheels."

Stage 12 winner David Millar

"I don't think this is something that will happen very often so we should try to absorb it and really appreciate it. It's pretty remarkable."

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