Tour de France: Another day another British story


David Millar became the fourth Brit to earn a stage win on this years tour. The plucky Scot stuck with the breakaway group and won a sprint for the line to claim his first tour win for 9 years. Millar is most famously known for his 2 year ban from the sport for doping offences, but is now a campaigner against the use of drugs and must have felt highly satisfied winning the stage as a clean rider.

Millars stage victory came on a day of great significance. It was 45 years to the day that British rider Tommy Simpson rode to his death on the Tour after a combination of amphetamines, alcohol and heat exhaustion defeated him. With drugs still very much a part of the sport, with former champion Contador still serving a doping ban, Millars turn around from a drugs cheat to a clean stage winner is an example to adhere to. His face said it all at the finish line.

Meanwhile Wiggins maintained his advantage at the top of the tree, as the yellow jersey man coasted through at the front of the peloton. Many described it as almost like a day off for Brad. Such is his dominance this year that cycling the longest stage of the tour and finishing 12th can be seen as a day off!!