After a long career, Millar wins a long stage

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After a long career, Millar wins a long stage

Britain sweeps the top spots on the Stage 12 podium in France
The man in yellow leads the peloton past a field of yellow sunflowers during Stage 12 of the Tour de France, a 140.5-mile ride Friday from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay, France. Bradley Wiggins remains the overall leader.
David Millar dodged a water bottle, Egoi Martinez and the rest of the field to win Stage 12 of the Tour de France on Friday in Annonay, France. “For me, personally, it’s enormous,” the veteran Briton said.
Bradley Wiggins climbs towards Croix de Fer pass. The 140-mile ride from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay-Davezieux featured two big climbs but did not change the top of the standings because Wiggins and his main rivals finished together.
Wigginsflares up in victory

ANNONAY, France – Tour de France racers are used to dodging flags, people and the odd stray dog along the race route.
But flares?
Overall leader Bradley Wiggins wasn’t so lucky during Friday’s 12th stage from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay in the Ardeche region. The Briton was burnt on the arm by a spectator carrying a flare and running alongside the peloton as it raced over the Col du Granier, one of the two category-1 climbs during the stage.
“I got hit in the arm with a flare; it burnt my arm a bit,” Wiggins said after the race. “It was some nutter running up the hill, and it shows you freak things like that can happen in the Tour. I’m fine, though.”
Tour riders are very exposed as they race mere inches away from thousands of spectators massed along the Tour’s route. Years ago, cycling legend Eddy Merckx was punched by a fan of a rival racer.
When spectators get out of line now, such as in Friday’s incident, riders are tempted to take justice into their own hands.
“I’m sure there’s a few guys nursing injuries (Friday night) because there were quite a few bottles being thrown in their direction from the peloton,” Wiggins said.

After a long career, Millar wins a long stage

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The man in yellow leads the peloton past a field of yellow sunflowers during Stage 12 of the Tour de France, a 140.5-mile ride Friday from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay, France. Bradley Wiggins remains the overall leader.
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David Millar dodged a water bottle, Egoi Martinez and the rest of the field to win Stage 12 of the Tour de France on Friday in Annonay, France. “For me, personally, it’s enormous,” the veteran Briton said.
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Bradley Wiggins climbs towards Croix de Fer pass. The 140-mile ride from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay-Davezieux featured two big climbs but did not change the top of the standings because Wiggins and his main rivals finished together.
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