Robert Millar: Tommy Guns of the Tour de France

Three Tommies on the podium in Paris. Who would have bet on that a few years ago, with the French and the British fighting over who'll have the most stage wins, c'est fantastique. Vive le Tour will be ringing round households across the Hexagon and thanks to everyone's favourite Europcar rider thrashing himself mercilessly they won't even be cursing the arrival of the Sky machine.

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Robert Millar was one of the last pure climbers of the Tour de France, winning several stages in the mountain stages and finishing fourth overall in 1984. He is also the only English speaker to have ever won the prestigious polka-dot jersey climber's competition jersey.

Millar retired in 1995 but has continued to follow the sport closely. He was often critical of the media and quickly cuts through the excuses and spin to understand why and how riders win and lose.