Tour de France: The Britons who have dazzled in yellow

Tommy Simpson was the first Brit to wear the yellow jersey

Tommy Simpson was the first Brit to wear the yellow jersey

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Chris Froome begins the Tour de France in Leeds on July 5 seeking to defend his title with a third successive British win. Mark Cavendish will aim to finish the day in Harrogate in the yellow jersey for the first time.

Here we looks at the Britons to have worn the maillot jaune.

Chris Boardman wears the Yellow Jersey of the leader of the Tour De France in 1998

Chris Boardman wears the Yellow Jersey of the leader of the Tour De France in 1998

TOM SIMPSON (1962, one day)

The first Briton to wear the maillot jaune.

CHRIS BOARDMAN (1994, three days; 1997, one day; 1998, two days)

Won the Tour prologue on three occasions to enjoy spells in yellow.

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins

SEAN YATES (1994, one day)

A short-lived spell in yellow came towards the end of his career.

DAVID MILLAR (2000, three days)

Like Boardman, Millar took the yellow jersey on his Tour debut after a prologue success.

SIR BRADLEY WIGGINS (2012, 14 days)

Wiggins took the yellow jersey on stage seven of the 2012 Tour and never relinquished it, becoming the first Briton to win the event as Chris Froome came in second.

CHRIS FROOME (2013, 14 days)

Victory on stage eight in Ax 3 Domaines put Froome in a yellow jersey he never surrendered, following in the footsteps of Wiggins a year before.