The Tour of Britain returned to central London for its final stage, taking place over 10 laps on the iconic Westminster to Tower Hill circuit, with the finish line outside Downing Street on Whitehall.
Ahead of the men's race Hannah Barnes took victory in the Johnson Health Tech Westminster Grand Prix, a precursor to the new-for-2015 Women's Tour.
Crowds lined the entire 8.8-kilometre circuit, gathering on bridges overlooking the route through the city to witness the final stage and Sir Bradley Wiggins winning The Tour of Britain.
As fast paced race was never going to be anything but a furiously contested sprint, with Alessandro Petacchi again setting up Mark Cavendish perfectly for his tenth Tour of Britain stage win, while Sam Bennett took second for this third top three finish of the week, each on a vastly different terrain to highlight his potential.
With Wiggins sealing the overall, Simon Yates took third and the Best Under-23 rider, while second placed man Martin Elmiger added the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Jersey to his haul.
Movistar's Angel Madrazo, who became a fan favourite during the week for his podium antics, took both the SKODA King of the Mountains jersey and the Yodel Direct Sprints Jersey, the latter of which was only decided on the final day in a close battle with reigning winner Peter Williams.
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma Quick-Step
2 Sam Bennett (Irl) AN Post Chain Reaction
3 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling