Jonathan Tiernan-Locke wins the Tour of Britain 2012

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Jonathan Tiernan-Locke after winning the Tour of BritainGetty Images

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has become the first British rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years after Sunday's final stage.

Fellow Brit Mark Cavendish won the day's race but couldn't stop Tiernan-Locke taking the overall title.

Heading into the race Tiernan-Locke led by 18 seconds and crossed the finish line with the main group of riders, to claim an historic win.

The 27 year-old said: "It's fantastic. It has not really sunk in yet."

He added: "It was a tough day, a lot tougher than we thought. So I feel relief more than anything."

Australia's Nathan Haas finished second overall, Italian Damiano Caruso third.

The riders covered 1,349.9 kilometres in a week of racing across the British Isles that kicked off in Ipswich, Suffolk and finished in Guildford, Kent.