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Bradley Wiggins handed third in 2009 Tour de France

Wiggins handed third in 2009 Tour de France
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British cyclist Bradley Wiggins is awarded third place in the 2009 Tour de France.

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins has been awarded third place in the 2009 Tour de France after the UCI wiped Lance Armstrong's third-placed finish from the record books.

Wiggins finished the race fourth behind Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck and Armstrong. However, following the Armstrong saga the 2012 Tour winner has been handed a place on the podium.

A UCI spokesperson stated: "In 2009 the placing of Mr Armstrong will be reallocated. Bradley Wiggins is the third-placed rider for the Tour de France, 2009."

Armstrong's seven Tour victories from 1999 to 2005 have been rescinded following doping allegations against him.

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