When Mark Cavendish won stage 12 of the 2010 Vuelta a Espana he became only the second British rider to take individual stage wins at all three grand tours.

Robert Millar, the Glasgow-born climber, won stages at the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana in the 1980s.

Cavendish, from the Isle of Man, netted the stage win in Lleida on Thursday, September 9, as he seeks to prepare for the World Championships in October.

Robert Millar’s five grand tour stages
1983 Tour de France – Bagnères de Luchon
1984 Tour de France – Guzet Neige
1986 Vuelta a Espana – Lagos de Covadonga
1987 Giro d’Italia – Pila
1989 Tour de France – Superbagnères

Mark Cavendish’s 20 grand tour stages
2008 Giro d’Italia – Lungomare and Citadella
2008 Tour de France – Chateauroux, Toulouse, Narbonne and Nimes
2009 Giro d’Italia – Milan, Arenzano and Florence
2009 Tour de France – Brignoles, La Grande-Motte, Issoudun, St Fargeau, Aubenas and Paris
2010 Tour de France – Montargis, Gueugnon, Bourg-les-Valence, Bordeaux and Paris
2010 Vuelta a Espana – Lleida, Burgos

Related link
From Robinson to Cavendish – Every British grand tour stage winner
Vuelta a Espana 2010: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index