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Every British Rider in the Tour de France

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There have been quite a few British riders in the Tour de France over the years. The most recent debutante is Scott Thwaites. He became the 67th different British rider to start the Tour de France in 2017.

The first British riders to take part, were Charles Holland and Bill Burl who rode the 1937 Tour de France together. The first fully British team took part in 1955, back when Tour de France teams were nationality-based. Since 1955, only three Tours de France have taken part with no Brits. They were 1976, 2004 and 2005.

There’s a great book by William Fotheringham called Roule Britannia which details all of the British Tour de France riders up until roughly the Armstrong era in the early 00s. It perfectly describes the plucky Brits who gave it a go with limited success over the years. I believe the updated 2012 edition may include Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins’ successes too.

Below is a run-down of all 67 riders, the years they’ve taken part, their best GC result and the odd interesting titbit.

I’ve also covered the British riders to have taken part in the Giro d’Italia.


British riders in the Tour de France

1930s

Charles Holland (1937)

Best finish: DNF, 1937

Bill Burl (1937)

Best finish: DNF, 1937


Brian Robinson
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Brian Robinson

1950s

Dave Bedwell (1955)

Best finish: DNF, 1955

Tony Hoar (1955)

Best finish: 69th, 1955

Stan Jones (1955)

Best finish: DNF, 1955

Fred Krebs (1955)

Best finish: DNF, 1955

Bob Maitland (1955)

Best finish: DNF, 1955

Ken Mitchell (1955)

Best finish: DNF, 1955

Bernard Pusey (1955)

Best finish: DNF, 1955

Ian Steel (1955)

Best finish: DNF, 1955

Bevis Wood (1955)

Best finish: DNF, 1955

Brian Robinson (1955-1961)

Best finish: 14th, 1956
Stage Wins: 2

Stan Brittain (1958, 1960-1961)

Best finish: 66th, 1958

Ron Coe (1958, 1961)

Best finish: DNF, 1958/1961

John Andrews (1959, 1960)

Best finish: DNF, 1959/1960

Tony Hewson (1959)

Best finish: DNF, 1959

Victor Sutton (1959, 1960)

Best finish: 37th, 1959


Luchon/superbagneres
Tom Simpson

1960s

John Kennedy (1960)

Best finish: DNF, 1960

Harry Reynolds (1960)

Best finish: DNF, 1960

Norman Sheil (1960)

Best finish: DNF, 1960

Tom Simpson (1960-1962, 1964-1967)

Best finish: 6th, 1962
Days in Yellow:

Vin Denson (1961, 1964-1968)

Best finish: 62nd, 1968

Albert Hitchen (1961, 1967)

Best finish: DNF, 1961/1967

Ken Laidlaw (1961)

Best finish: 65th, 1961

George O’Brien (1961)

Best finish: DNF, 1961

Peter Ryalls (1961)

Best finish: DNF, 1961

Sean Ryan (1961)

Best finish: DNF, 1961

Alan Ramsbottom (1962, 1963)

Best finish: 16th, 1963

Barry Hoban (1964, 1967-1975, 1977, 1978)

Best finish: 33rd, 1968
Stage Wins: 8

Michael Wright (1964, 1965, 1967-1969, 1972-1974)

Best finish: 24th, 1965
Stage Wins: 3

Peter Chisman (1967)

Best finish: DNF, 1967

Peter Hill (1967)

Best finish: DNF, 1967

Colin Lewis (1967, 1968)

Best finish: 84th, 1967

Arthur Metcalfe (1967, 1968)

Best finish: 69th, 1967

Robert Addy (1968)

Best finish: DNF, 1968

John Clarey (1968)

Best finish: 63rd, 1968

Derek Green (1968)

Best finish: DNF, 1969

Derek Harrison (1968, 1969)

Best finish: 32nd, 1969

Hugh Porter (1968)

Best finish: DNF, 1968


Barry Hoban
Barry Hoban

1970s

Bill Nickson (1977)

Best finish: DNF, 1977

Paul Sherwen (1978-1982, 1984, 1985)

Best finish: 70th, 1978


Robert Millar
Robert Millar

1980s

Graham Jones (1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987)

Best finish: 20th, 1981

Robert Millar (1983-1993)

Best finish: 4th, 1984
Overall Polka Dot Jersey: 1984
Stage Wins: 3

Sean Yates (1984-1995)

Best finish: 45th, 1989
Days in Yellow: 1
Stage Wins: 1

Adrian Timmis (1987)

Best finish: 70th, 1987

Paul Watson (1987)

Best finish: DNF, 1987

Malcolm Elliott (1987, 1988)

Best finish: 90th, 1988


1990s

Max Sciandri (1990, 1995-1998)

Best finish: 47th, 1995
Stage Wins: 1
In 1990, Max Sciandri raced as Italian

Chris Boardman (1994-1999)

Best finish: 39th, 1996
Days in Yellow: 6
Stage Wins: 3


Mark Cavendish

2000s

David Millar (2000-2003, 2006-2013)

Best finish: 55th, 2003
Days in Yellow: 3
Stage Wins: 4 + 1 team time trial

Sir Bradley Wiggins (2006, 2007, 2009-2012)

Best finish: 1st, 2012
Overall Yellow Jersey: 2012
Days in Yellow: 14
Stage Wins: 2

Mark Cavendish (2007-2018)

Best finish: 128th, 2009/2011
Overall Green Jersey: 2011
Days in Yellow: 1
Stage Wins: 30

Charly Wegelius (2007, 2009, 2010)

Best finish: 45th, 2007

Geraint Thomas (2007, 2010, 2011, 2013-2019)

Best finish: 1st, 2018
Overall Yellow Jersey: 2018
Days in Yellow: 15
Stage Wins: 3

Chris Froome (2008, 2012-2018)

Best finish: 1st, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Overall Yellow Jersey: 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Overall Polka Dot Jersey: 2015
Days in Yellow: 59
Stage Wins: 7
In 2008, Chris Froome raced as Kenyan


Luke Rowe

2010s

Steve Cummings (2010, 2012, 2015-2017, 2019)

Best finish: 86th, 2015
Stage Wins: 2

Jeremy Hunt (2010)

Best finish: 160th, 2010

Daniel Lloyd (2010)

Best finish: 161st, 2010

Ben Swift (2011, 2017)

Best finish: 83rd, 2017

Ian Stannard (2013, 2015-2016)

Best finish: 128th, 2015

Pete Kennaugh (2013, 2015)

Best finish: 77th, 2013

Simon Yates (2014-2015, 2017, 2019)

Best finish: 7th, 2017
Overall White Jersey: 2017

Luke Rowe (2015-2019)

Best finish: 128th, 2018

Alex Dowsett (2015, 2019)

Best finish: 151st, 2019

Adam Yates (2015-2016, 2018-2019)

Best finish: 4th, 2016
Overall White Jersey: 2016

Dan McLay (2016-2017)

Best finish: 170th, 2016

Scott Thwaites (2017)

Best finish: 107th, 2017

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