Saturday, July 14, 2012

Viva Gran Bretaña

In 2000, David Millar won the prologue in the Tour de France and wore the yellow jersey for three days. In 2002 he was first on stage 13 of Le Tour. In 2003 he won a further stage in the Tour and then went on to win the world time trial title. Then things went horribly wrong for him because he was banned from racing for two years following his admission about doping and the time trial title was taken from him. He came back though and won the Commonwealth time trial gold in 2010 and in 2011 became the first British rider to wear the leaders jersey in theTour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.

Now he has added another stage victory to his CV as he won the on yesterday’s stage from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davezieux by beating Jean-Christopher Peraud in the sprint. It was a particularly appropriate win because it marked the anniversary of the death of the British riderTom Simpson 40 years before on Mont Ventoux.

Now, all four of Britain’s hopes for the Olympics, Mark Cavendish, Christopher Froome, Bradley Wiggins and David Millar have won stages in this year’s Tour.

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