Tour of Britain 2013

Mark Cavendish takes the win on the cobbled high street of Guildford town centre, but Sir Wiggins seals the tour.

Now in its tenth edition The Tour of Britain is now the biggest professional cycle race in the country and this year concluded with a double success for British riders, a good standing for this increasingly cycle mad nation.

It was Cavendish's second win in Guildford having taken the top spot at the same stage in 2012, and it took some out-sprinting of Italy's Elia Viviani to claim the win. Now riding for Omega Pharma Quick-Step, Cavendish's ninth stage win of his career followed directly on from his triumph on Wednesday's race in Llanberis however it was Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins who remained on top coming into the final stage of the tour.

Following on from a very busy year in which 'Wiggo' won the Tour de France, a gold medal at the London Olympics, the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year and even a knighthood, 2013 proved to be a quiet one for Sir Bradley. Injury and illness meant that Wiggins was unable to compete in the Giro d'Italia or defend his crown in the 2013 Tour de France. Something which may or may not have affected Cavendish as he stormed to victory in the illustrious competition, the second Brit in two years.

Wiggins went into the final stage of the tour in London with a 26 second lead, having led the pack since winning stage three's individual time trial. British champion Mark Cavendish won the concluding stage, a third win for him in this season's tour, but Wiggins was able retain his top standing.