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A Grand Slam of Spain, France and Italy in one year would be another historic triumph

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1980 - Born March 28 in Ghent, Belgium before growing up in London. Son of Australian former racing cyclist Gary Wiggins.

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British leader wins his second Tour stage by claiming the final time trial to set up victory procession with Sky team-mate

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Sometime late this afternoon, the Champs-Elysées will become the "Promenade des Anglais".

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