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The 2012 Tour de France, Part 2 of 2

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The 99th Tour de France cycling race began on July 1, as 22 teams of nine riders raced through Belgium, Switzerland and France. The entire tour covered a distance of 3,497 km (2,173 mi). Sky Procycling rider Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain became the first Briton ever to win the tour on Sunday, July 22. Gathered here are images from the second half of the 2012 Tour de France. Part 1 can be found over here. (Editor's note: Next entry will be posted on Friday, July 27.) [42 photos]

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Sky Procycling rider and wearer of the leader's yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins of Britain cycles in the Alps during the 11th stage of the 99th Tour de France between Albertville and La Toussuire, on July 12, 2012. (Reuters/Stephane Mahe)
Sky Procycling rider and wearer of the leader's yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins of Britain cycles in the Alps during the 11th stage of the 99th Tour de France between Albertville and La Toussuire, on July 12, 2012. (Reuters/Stephane Mahe)
Thomas Voeckler of France, center, crosses the finish line ahead of Michele Scarpone of Italy, left, and Jens Voigt of Germany, right, to win the 10th stage of the Tour de France in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, France, on July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #
Bradley Wiggins of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, climbs Croix de Fer pass during the 11th stage, on the way to La Toussuire, on July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #
From left, Frank Schleck of Luxembourg, Levi Leipheimer of the US, Vicenzo Nibali of Italy, and Cadel Evans of Australia, speed down Granier pass in the 12th stage of the Tour de France, on July 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #
Bradley Wiggins (left) of Great Britain rides in the peloton as they pass through agricultural fields in stage twelve of the 2012 Tour de France from Saint-Jean de Maurienne to Annonay, on July 13, 2012 in Anneyron, France. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #
Stage winner David Millar of Britain, right, and second place Jean-Christophe Peraud of France, left, sprint towards the finish line to win the 12th stage in Annonay, France, on July 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours) #
David Millar of Britain collapses after crossing the finish line to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France in Annonay, on July 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) #
Cofidis rider David Moncoutie of France, after a fall during the 12th stage, on July 13, 2012. (Reuters/Stephane Mahe) #
The peloton passes a woman on a horse during the 13th stage of the Tour de France, on July 14, 2012. (Reuters/Stephane Mahe) #
The peloton with Bradley Wiggins of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes through Uzes, heading toward Le Cap D'Agde, France, on July 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #
Brett Lancaster of Australia and Orica Greenedge during stage thirteen, on July 14, 2012 in Le Cap d'Agde, France. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) #
Two women wave the French national flag on Bastille Day as riders pass during the 13th stage of the Tour de France, on July 14, 2012. (AP PhotoLaurent Cipriani) #
The pack with Bradley Wiggins of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, Tejay van Garderen of the US, wearing the best young rider's white jersey, and Fredrik Kessiakoff of Sweden, wearing the best climber's dotted jersey, awaits the start of the 14th stage in Limoux, on July 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #
Tejay van Garderen of the US, wearing the best young rider's white jersey, checks his tire prior to the start of the 14th stage, on July 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #
Luis-Leon Sanchez of Spain crosses the finish line to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France in Foix, France, on July 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #
The peloton, during the 15th stage of the Tour de France, on July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #
Tour de France superfan Dieter "Didi" Senft -- often seen leaping in the air as the peloton passed, dressed as the devil -- was forced to watch this year's race on television, due to health issues. The 60-year old fan had his old VW van already packed in late June, but a nagging headache drove him to the doctor. The diagnosis: a blood clot in the brain, landing him in the hospital. After he underwent surgery last month, he told reporters that he was now on the mend. Photo from May 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Sebastian Willnow) #
Sky Procycling rider and Tour leader Bradley Wiggins of Britain (right) awaits in front of a giant portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela before the start of the 16th stage of the 99th Tour de France in Pau, on July 18, 2012. (Reuters/Bogdan Cristel) #
Stage winner, France's Thomas Voeckler, climbs during the sixteenth stage, on July 18, 2012. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images) #
The lead group makes the climb of the Col d'Aubisque during stage sixteen of the 2012 Tour de France in Gourette, France, on July 18, 2012. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #
The pack rides in stage 16, on July 18, 2012. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #
One of the two leading men, France's Brice Feillu drinks as he rides in a breakaway in the 197 km sixteenth stage of the Tour de France, on July 18, 2012. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images) #
The pack of riders cycles in the Pyrenees mountains during the 16th stage, on July 18, 2012. (Reuters/Bogdan Cristel) #
Photographers crowd around overall leader Bradley Wiggins of Britain prior to the start of the 17th stage of the Tour de France in Bagneres-de-Luchon, on July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #
The leading man and stage winner, Spain's Alejandro Valverde, rides in a downhill in a breakaway in the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France, on July 19, 2012. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images) #
A fan, dressed as Superman character with a Bradley Wiggins mask, waits for the pack during stage 17, on July 19, 2012. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #
A spectator wrapped in the Spanish flag sprays water on stage winner Alejandro Valverde of Spain as he climbs towards Peyragudes during the 17th stage of the Tour de France, on July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #
Jet aircraft paint the sky as they perform a flyover near the beginning of stage eighteen in Blagnac, on July 20, 2012. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #
The peloton, pursued by helicopter, during the 18th stage of the Tour de France, on July 20, 2012. (Reuters/Bogdan Cristel) #
The peloton passes through a sunflower field during stage eighteen in Blagnac, France, on July 20, 2012. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #
Sky Procycling rider Mark Cavendish of Britain (left) sprints to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France in Brive-La-Gaillarde, on July 20, 2012. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier) #
David Zabriskie of the USA riding for Garmin-Sharp leaves the start as he raced to 11th place in the individual time trial during stage nineteen of the Tour de France in Bonneval, France, on July 21, 2012. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #
Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins of Britain cycles during the stage 19 individual time trial, on July 21, 2012. (Reuters/Bogdan Cristel) #
Overall leader Bradley Wiggins celebrates at the end of the 53.5 km individual time-trial and nineteenth stage of the Tour de France in Chartres, France, on July 21, 2012. Wiggins won the stage, all but securing his overall win of the entire tour. (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images) #
Best climber's polka dot jersey, France's Thomas Voeckler, celebrates on the podium at the end of the nineteenth stage, in Chartres, France, on July 21, 2012. (Picture taken with a tilt-shift lens) (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #
The peloton races into Paris during the twentieth and final stage of the 2012 Tour de France, on July 22, 2012. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) #
Bradley Wiggins is congratulated by Michael Rogers of Australia during the final stage of the the Tour de France, on July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #
Sky Procycling rider and leader Bradley Wiggins of Britain (left) cycles on the Place de la Concorde in Paris during the final stage, on July 22, 2012. (Reuters/Bogdan Cristel) #
Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France cycling race, celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the last stage of the the Tour de France in Paris, France, on July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours) #
Bradley Wiggins, winner of the 2012 Tour de France, looks at his son Ben who has "Allez Wiggo" (Go Wiggo) painted on his face, during the team parade in Paris, France, on July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #
Sky Procycling rider Bradley Wiggins celebrates his overall victory with teammates on the Champs Elysees in front the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, on July 22, 2012. (Reuters/Stephane Mahe) #
Bradley Wiggins of Britain -- he first Briton to ever win the Tour de France -- kisses the trophy as he celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the final stage, on July 22, 2012. (Reuters/Jerome Prevost) #

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