Bradley Wiggins (Sky) rode away with the 2012 Tour de France in Stage 19, winning the stage by more than a minute and gaining more than four minutes on his closest rival. Teammate Christopher Froome finished second on the stage, with Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) taking third. When the overall victory becomes official on Sunday Wiggins will become the first British cyclist to ever win the Tour de France.
Wiggins dominated both major time trials in the race, and came in second in the less significant opener. He was tested by his opponents in the mountains, but with the help of Froome was able to counter every attack. Froome will join Wiggins on the podium, finishing second overall, and things are rounded out by Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) in third.
Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee, WA will finish the race, something not every sprint specialist can say. Aside from that, though, he has to be disappointed. Unless he can turn things around on Sunday he will finish with no stage wins and nowhere near contention in the Points Competition. Bend, Oregon's Chris Horner found a bit more success. He finished 44th on Stage 19 and will likely finish the race in the top 15, a good result for the veteran.