After David Millar became the fourth Briton to savour victory at the 2012 Tour de France, Mark Cavendish was bidding to continue the show of force on the shores of the Mediterranean today.
Twelve years after winning the prologue on his Tour debut and six after completing a two-year doping ban, Millar (Garmin-Sharp) won the 226-kilometre route from Saint-Jean de Maurienne to Annonay-Davezieux after a day-long escape.
Two weeks today Millar is set to compete in his first Olympics in 12 years after the British Olympic Association's bylaw banning those with prior doping bans was overturned, with world champion Cavendish as leader in the London 2012 road race.
Tour leader Bradley Wiggins, second-placed Chris Froome and Cavendish had already won Tour stages before Millar's success, meaning the only member of the British team not to win a Tour stage is Ian Stannard, who was not selected by Team Sky.
After negotiating the Alps, Cavendish was set to bid for his 22nd Tour stage win on the 217km 13th stage from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Cap d'Agde, which appears likely to end in a sprint finish.
"Our Olympic team is basically a winning Tour de France team and we're going to be a force to be reckoned with," Millar said on Eurosport.
"I never thought that would happen. I never thought Team Sky would ever get to that level. It's an amazing achievement and I doff my cap to them."
Millar's triumph was sealed when he won the dash to the line from Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r La Mondiale).
Millar, now a fervent anti-doping campaigner, won the 13th stage to Bezier in 2002, but asked for his time-trial win on stage 19 in 2003 to be wiped from the record books after confessing to the use of blood-booster EPO.
Now he has his third triumph in his 11th Tour.
"This is as good a win as I've had in my career," said Millar.
"It's particularly poignant that it came on the 45th anniversary of Tommy Simpson's death.
"I think it's a full circle in a way. I'm an ex-doper and I'm very proud of where our sport is today and what we've done to change it."
Wiggins endured an eventful day after surviving an assault by a flare before again being questioned on the topic of doping in cycling.
With numerous instances of Tour winners having tested positive or been placed under investigation for drugs offences, the race leader is often asked for their opinion on the matter.
Wiggins, who first launched an expletive-laden rant when asked about doping, said: "I do want to start building bridges to prove that I'm doing this off of bread and water and hard work and nothing else."
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