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Every British Rider in the Giro d’Italia

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Compared to the Tour de France, there have been relatively few British riders taking part in the Giro d’Italia over the year. As of the 2019 season, the total number is just 34 riders.

Vin Denson was the first Brit to take part in 1966, he even won a stage too. Only 1 rider took part in any of the Giro d’Italia of the 1970s and finally in the 1980s a first jersey was won. Robert Millar won the mountains jersey and finished 2nd Overall in his only Giro d’Italia participation.

No-one came close to repeating that until Chris Froome won the pink jersey and the mountains jersey in 2018. Simon Yates also lit up that Giro with 3 stage wins. Mark Cavendish has been the only British sprinter to do well, winning 15 stages over the years and the points jersey in 2013.

Below is a run-down of all 34 riders, the years they’ve taken part, their best GC result and the odd interesting titbit.


British riders in the Giro d’Italia

Vin Denson
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Vin Denson

1960s

Vin Denson (1966, 1968)

Best finish: 40th, 1966
Stage Wins: 1

Peter Hill (1967)

Best finish: DNF, 1967


Phil Edwards
Phil Edwards

1970s

Phil Edwards (1976-80)

Best finish: 42nd, 1979


Robert Millar
Robert Millar

1980s

Graham Jones (1983)

Best finish: 26th, 1983

David Akam (1984-85)

Best finish: 137th, 1984

Robert Millar (1987)

Best finish: 2nd, 1987
Overall Mountains Jersey: 1987
Stage Wins: 1


Max Sciandri
Max Sciandri

1990s

Wayne Bennington (1990)

Best finish: 63rd, 1990

Max Sciandri (1991-92, 1994, 2000-02)

Best finish: 58th, 2001
Stage Wins: 3
In 1990, 1991 & 1994 Max Sciandri raced as Italian

Sean Yates (1992)

Best finish: 87th, 1992

Harry Lodge (1992)

Best finish: 48th, 1992

Malcolm Elliott (1992)

Best finish: 115th, 1992


Ian Stannard
Ian Stannard

2000s

Matt Stephens (2000)

Best finish: DNF, 2000

Julian Winn (2003)

Best finish: 81st, 2003

Charly Wegelius (2003-10)

Best finish: 29th, 2010

Sir Bradley Wiggins (2003, 2005, 2008-10, 2013)

Best finish: 40th, 2010
Days in Pink 1
Stage Wins: 1

Steve Cummings (2007-08, 2010, 2013)

Best finish: 55th, 2010

Mark Cavendish (2008-09, 2011-13)

Best finish: 126th, 2013
Overall Points Jersey: 2013
Days in Pink: 4
Stage Wins: 15

David Millar (2008-2011, 2013)

Best finish: 94th, 2008
Days in Pink: 2
Stage Wins: 1

Geraint Thomas (2008, 2012, 2017)

Best finish: 80th, 2012

Chris Froome (2009-10, 2018)

Best finish: 1st, 2018
Overall Pink Jersey: 2018
Overall Mountains Jersey: 2018
Days in Pink: 3
Stage Wins: 2

Daniel Lloyd (2009-10)

Best finish: 103rd, 2010

Jeremy Hunt (2009, 2012)

Best finish: 145th, 2009

Ian Stannard (2009, 2012)

Best finish: 132nd, 2012

Ben Swift (2009, 2014)

Best finish: 113th, 2014


Adam Yates
Adam Yates

2010s

Adam Blythe (2010-11, 2013)

Best finish: 166th, 2013

Russell Downing (2011)

Best finish: 139th, 2011

Pete Kennaugh (2011-12)

Best finish: 86th, 2011

Alex Dowsett (2013, 2018)

Best finish: 120th, 2018
Stage Wins: 1

Adam Yates (2017)

Best finish: 9th, 2017

Hugh Carthy (2017-2019)

Best finish: 11th, 2019

Simon Yates (2018-2019)

Best finish: 8th, 2019
Days in Pink: 13
Stage Wins: 3

James Knox (2019)

Best finish: DNF, 2019

Scott Davies (2019)

Best finish: 118th, 2019

Tao Geoghegan Hart (2019)

Best finish: DNF, 2019

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