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Tour de France 2014: The British Lions

Brian Robinson:

  • Became the first Briton to finish the Tour de France. The Mirfield born rider was the first Englishman to win a stage in 1958.
  • Began road cycling during his National Service.
  • In addition to his Tour success he also won the Dauphine Libere in 1961.
  • Won a total of 2 Tour de France stages.

Tom Simpson:

  • Britain's 1965 Road Race champion.
  • Died on Mont Ventoux in 1967 from heart failure due to dehydration and heat exhaustion.
  • A monument stands on top of the mountain where he died. Bradley Wiggans wore a photo of Tom on his back when passing it on the 2009 Tour.
  • His highest finish on the Tour was 6th in 1962.

Beryl Burton

  • Didn't compete in the Tour de France, but Leeds girl, Beryl, dominated the sport for years
  • Between 1957 and 1989 she won over 90 championship titles and seven world titles
  • Burton set around 50 national records, some of which would take 20 years to be beaten
  • Following her death in 1996, she has been honoured with memorial gardens in Morley and a play written by Maxine Peake

Barry Hoban:

  • Born in Wakefield, 1940.
  • Between 1967 and 1975 he won 8 stages of the Tour, a record only beaten by Mark Cavendish.
  • In 1968 he became the first British rider to win a Tour de France mountain stage.
  • Inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Robert Millar:

Robert Millar Credit: Press Association
  • Born in Glasgow, 1958.
  • Finished 4th overall in the 1984 Tour, the highest for a Briton until surpassed by Sir Bradley Wiggins.
  • First British rider to hold a major Tour classification, taking King of the Mountains in 1984.
  • Rode in the Tour 11 times, completing it in eight of the attempts.

Malcolm Elliot:

Malcolm Elliott Credit: Press Association
  • Born in Sheffield, 1952.
  • Rode in the 1987 and 1988 Tours.
  • Once predicted there would not be a British winner in his lifetime.
  • Career highlights include two stage victories in the Vuelta a Espana, masters world champion, Commonwealth gold medallist, Olympian, and Tour of Britain winner.

Chris Boardman:

Chris Boardman Credit: Press Association
  • Made has name by winning Britain's first cycling Olympic Gold in 1992.
  • Won the 1994, 1997 and 1998 Tour de France prologue stages.
  • Retired from cycling in 2000.
  • Now campaigns for to make Britain's roads safer for cyclists.

David Millar:

David Millar Credit: Press Association
  • The only Briton to have worn the Yellow, Green and Polka-Dot Tour de France Jerseys.
  • Highest Tour finish in 2003 placed 55th.
  • Suspended for doping offences in 2004. Became a leading force in the campaign to clean up cycling since his return.
  • Has announced his retirement at the end of the 2014 season.

Sir Bradley Wiggins:

Sir Bradley Wiggins Credit: Press Association
  • The first Briton to win the Tour de France in 2012.
  • Became the first cyclist to win an Olympic Gold and the Tour de France in the same year.
  • Missed the 2013 Tour due to injury.
  • Despite his status as a British hero, Wiggins was actually born in Belgium.

Chris Froome:

Chris Froome Credit: Press Association
  • Born in Kenya, but represents Great Britain.
  • Rode in his first Tour de France in 2008, just five weeks after his mother's death.
  • Finished 2nd to Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012, before going on to win the Tour de France in 2013.
  • He also won the Criterium du Dauphine and Tour de Romandie in 2013.

Mark Cavendish:

Mark Cavendish Credit: Press Association
  • Regarded as one of the greatest sprinters in cycling's history.
  • Holds the British record for Tour de France stage wins at 25.
  • Received an MBE in 2011 for services to cycling.
  • Became the first ever British cyclist to win the Points Classification at the Tour de France winning the Green Jersey.

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