Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins clinched his second successive Criterium du Dauphine title today.
The 32-year-old Briton, favourite for the Tour de France which begins later this month, held a lead of one minute and 20 seconds over team-mate Michael Rogers heading into the seventh and final stage.
And he never looked like surrendering that advantage as he safely finished in the pack to retain his title.
The stage victory went to Daniel Moreno of the Katusha team, who completed the 124.5-kilometre ride from Morzine to Chatel in a time of two hours, 59 minutes and 37 seconds.
Moreno's fellow Spaniard Luis-Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) was second on the day following a sprint finish, with Australian Cadel Evans of BMC Racing third.
Wiggins' overall triumph capped an impressive race for Team Sky, for whom Rogers took runners-up spot and Chris Froome was fourth behind Evans.
Wiggins' success today continued his hugely impressive form in 2012 which had already seen him win the Paris-Nice and the Tour of Romandie.
The three-time Olympic champion said on Sky Sports News: "I'm made up, to win it a second year running means a lot to me.
"Just the way we did it, the team again, they made my job so much easier this week and from the moment I took the (leader's) jersey the boys took the strain and it shows that certainly we're the strongest team out there."
Wiggins' victory is the ideal preparation for the upcoming Tour de France, where he will attempt to become the first Briton to win the crown.
Wiggins is highly fancied to do just that, but he said on www.letour.fr today: ""I am not the favourite for the Tour de France but I'm one of the favourites for sure.
"We've seen this week that I'm not the only one. Cadel (Evans) also goes well.
"This is a major victory. People talk a lot about the Tour de France, but to win Paris-Nice and the Dauphine the same year is massive. So, whatever happens at the Tour, I can already be satisfied. Now that the Dauphine is finished I can turn my focus to the Tour. I'll take some rest and try to avoid as many people as I can.
"My preparation has been fantastic. In terms of hard work, as much as could be done has been done."
Wiggins also feels he is in the best form of his career, saying: "I think so, this is what we've worked towards now over the last few years.
"The goal was always to win the Tour and we're pretty much there now, it's been an amazing effort across the board from the whole team, the back-up staff and everything, and as I say we're pretty much there now and ready to go."