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Sir Bradley Wiggins Wins Tour Of California

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Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain riding for Team Sky is accompanied by his children, Isabella and Ben, while he is awarded the yellow jersey following stage eight of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on May 18, 2014 in Thousand Oaks, California. (credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain riding for Team Sky is accompanied by his children, Isabella and Ben, while he is awarded the yellow jersey following stage eight of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on May 18, 2014 in Thousand Oaks, California. (credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Bradley Wiggins of Britain won the Tour of California on Sunday after holding the lead for the final week.

The 2012 Tour de France winner finished in the pack in 20th place in the eighth and final stage captured by compatriot Mark Cavendish. This was Wiggins’ first title since the seven-day Tour of Britain last September.

Wiggins, who rides for Sky, defeated Australia’s Rohan Dennis of Garmin-Sharp by 30 seconds in the 720-mile race that began May 11 in Sacramento. American Lawson Craddock of Giant-Shimano was third overall, 1 minute, 48 seconds behind.

Wiggins is a four-time Olympic track and road cycling gold medalist. It’s not clear if he will ride in the Tour de France, which begins July 5.

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