22 July 2012 Last updated at 15:38 GMT
Bradley Wiggins has become the first British winner of the Tour de France - but English speakers, from the US, Australia and Ireland have figured on the podium regularly in recent years. Scroll down to see the dominance of France and Belgium in the first half of the race's 99-year history.
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As the final climb of the day ramped up Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) made his move before Micahel Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) latched on to his wheel.
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