Chris Froome has become the second successive British winner of the Tour de France in its 100th edition.
The Team Sky rider, who finished second to Sir Bradley Wiggins last year, jubilantly rode through twilight Paris and past the finish line with teammates.
Favourite Froome dominated the centenary race and held the yellow jersey for two of its three-week duration, winning by four minutes and 20 seconds over Nairo Quintana.
"It brought tears to my eyes just coming over the line with the guys like that," Froome told ITV. "It really was an amazing way to finish off."
He made sure of his victory with third place on yesterday's stage 20 to Annecy-Semnoz, emerging with a lead still north of five minutes heading into today's processional stage under the lights in Paris.
Britain's most successful Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, labelled 28-year-old Froome's triumph a "huge achievement".
"It is a huge achievement and I almost feel sorry for Chris because people are almost getting blasé about it," Hoy said.
"People think it is another British winner so that is what we should expect. But if you take a step back and get some perspective, you can see what a monumental achievement it is for him to have done this."
Froome dedicated the victory to his late mother, Jane, who died of cancer five years ago.
British Cycling president Brian Cookson tonight added the efforts of Froome and Team Sky were "glorious" for British cycling.
"Chris Froome's victory in the biggest bike race in the world rounds off what has been a truly glorious year in the history of cycling in this country," Cookson said in a statement.
Froome's former teammate Mark Cavendish was unable to repeat his final stage victory last year, as Marcel Kittel raced to his fourth stage triumph.
Cavendish had won four in a row on the Champs Élysées.