A look at the six British riders who will take on the 21 stages and 3,479-kilometres of the 2013 Tour de France.

 

Chris Froome Chris Froome
Age: 28
Team: Team Sky
Previous appearances: 2008 (84th), 2012 (2nd).
Stage wins:1

Aspiring to become the second Briton to win the Grand Tour after Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012, Froome has had a near perfect build up to his primary objective with victories in the Tour of Oman, Criterium International, Tour de Romandie and the Critérium du Dauphiné underlining his abilities for the maillot jaune.

   
   
Mark Cavendish Mark Cavendish
Age: 28
Team: Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Previous appearances: 2007 (withdrawn after stage eight), 2008 (withdrawn after stage 14), 2009 (131), 2010 (154), 2011 (130); 2012 (142).
Stage wins: 23

With a team built around his aspirations for the green points classification jersey, which he won in 2011, Cavendish will hope to add to his tally of 23 Tour stage wins and close the gap on Eddy Merckx’s record of 34. The former Team Sky rider already has a points classification win this year in the Giro d’Italia – completing his Grand Tour collection.

   
   
David Millar David Millar
Age: 36
Team: Team Garmin-Sharp
Previous appearances: 2000 (62), 2001 (withdrawn after stage 10), 2002 (68), 2003 (55 - while doping), 2006 (59), 2007 (69), 2008 (68), 2009 (85), 2010 (158), 2011 (76), 2012 (106).
Stage wins: 3

One of only five Britons to wear the maillot jaune - after Tom Simpson, Sean Yates and Chris Boardman, and before Wiggins - Millar will form part of the support for team leaders Ryder Hesjedal and Irishman Dan Martin. A second Grand Tour of the year after withdrawing from the Giro d’Italia.

   
   
Geraint Thomas Geraint Thomas
Age: 27
Team: Team Sky
Previous appearances: 2007 (140); 2010 (67); 2011 (31)
Stage wins: None

After missing Wiggins’ Tour win to focus on the London Olympics, where he won team pursuit gold, Thomas returns to Team Sky’s squad for a fourth appearance in the race having debuted in 2007. Part of Sky’s Critérium du Dauphiné team which helped Froome to victory, the Welshman will again play a supporting role.

   
   
Peter Kennaugh Peter Kennaugh
Age: 24
Team: Team Sky
Previous appearances: None
Stage wins: None

Also a London 2012 team pursuit winner, Kennaugh will make his Tour debut to add to Giro and Vuelta appearances. He has been present at Froome’s wins in the Tour of Oman, Tour de Romandie and the Critérium du Dauphiné and will again form part of the support entourage for Team Sky’s leader.

   
   
Ian Stannard Ian Stannard
Age: 26
Team: Team Sky
Previous appearances: None
Stage wins: None

Another debuting Brit, the 2012 British road champion will be tasked with using his renowned work ethic as a domestique to support Froome, particularly protecting his team on the flatter sections before handing over responsibility on the climbs.