Wiggins given third place from 2009 Tour
Bradley Wiggins has been awarded third place in the 2009 Tour de France after Lance Armstrong's result was wiped from the record books, the International Cycling Union has confirmed.
Wiggins, who won the 2012 Tour, placed a then British record-equalling fourth three years' ago behind Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck and Armstrong.
Now, after the UCI stripped Armstrong of all results from August 1, 1998, ratifying a ruling by the United States Anti-doping Agency, Wiggins is a two-time Tour podium rider.
The UCI ruled last week Armstrong's sequence of seven successive Tour wins would not be reallocated and results following any future disqualifications relating to 1998 to 2005 would not be reallocated, but those from his comeback years, in 2009 and 2010, will.
A UCI spokesperson told Press Association Sport: "In 2009 the placing of Mr Armstrong will be reallocated.
"Bradley Wiggins is the third-placed rider for the Tour de France, 2009."
Less than a year after winning double Olympic gold over four kilometres on the Beijing 2008 Games track, in the individual and team pursuits, Wiggins produced a coming of age performance on the road in the Tour.
For the first time, Wiggins focused on the fabled race, equalling Robert Millar's 1984 British best placing of fourth.
It was that performance and result which earned Wiggins a move to Team Sky and convinced him he could win the Tour, a dream realised in July, when he became the first British winner of the yellow jersey.