A record six British riders started this year’s Giro d’Italia, and all six completed the race on Sunday in Milan.

Along the way, the British contingent chalked up stage wins, got in day-long breaks, excelled in the time trials and generally made their presence felt in the Italian grand tour. It’s fair to say that none of them were there just to make up the numbers.

Mark Cavendish, David Millar, Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas, Charly Wegelius and Steve Cummings, this page is for you – a celebration of your fantastic performances at this year’s Giro.

All photos by Graham Watson, unless otherwise stated.

Giro 2008The six British riders in the 2008 Giro line up with the British Ambassador in Italy, left to right: Charly Wegelius, David Millar, ambassador, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas and Steve Cummings

Giro 2008David Millar (centre of pack, in white) played a key role in his Slipstream squad’s victory in the opening team time trial

Giro 2008David Millar (centre) lifts up team-mate Christian Vande Velde after their Slipstream squad won the opening team time trial stage

Giro 2008David Millar heads the bunch during stage 2, with team-mate Christian Vande Velde in pink

Giro 2008Race leader Christian Vande Velde talks to Bradley Wiggins (r) at the start of stage 2

Giro 2008Mark Cavendish wins his first Giro stage, a sign of things to come… (stage 4). Photo by Luc Claessen/ISPA

Giro 2008Mark Cavendish celebrates his first Giro stage win in style (Stage 4)

Giro 2008Bradley Wiggins hugs High Road team-mate Mark Cavendish after Cav won stage 4

Giro 2008His face says it all: having spent all day on a break, David Millar’s chain snapped one kilometre from the line just as Millar made a move (stage 5). The bike ended up over the barriers

Giro 2008Charly Wegelius at the front of the bunch, working for team-mate Franco Pellizotti

Giro 2008Bradley Wiggins at the team car on stage 9

Giro 2008An angry Mark Cavendish gets blocked in the sprint on stage 9

Giro 2008David Millar during the stage 10 time trial – the course was too lumpy to suit the TT specialist

Giro 2008David Millar took part in an early escape on stage 11

Giro 2008Geraint Thomas in action during a wet and hilly stage 11

Giro 2008Mark Cavendish almost cruises to his second win at the Giro and put his name in the history books as the first Brit to ever win two Giro stages

Giro 2008Sprint rivals Mark Cavendish and Daniele Bennati (r) gave the fans plenty of action on the flat stages

Giro 2008David Millar finds time for a joke with Christian Vande Velde on stage 13

Giro 2008Charly Wegelius is the perfect domestique – and is always there for his Liquigas team-mates

Giro 2008Sprint specialist Mark Cavendish was determined to finish the Giro, and that included completing the punishing stage 16 mountain time trial within the time cut

Giro 2008David Millar didn’t particularly enjoy the stage 16 mountain time trial, later calling it ‘a circus’

Giro 2008At home in the hills, Charly Wegelius was the top placed Brit on the stage 16 mountain time trial, coming 34th

Giro 2008Mark Cavendish gifts High Road team-mate Andre Greipel the win on stage 17, Cav comes in second

Giro 2008Mark Cavendish, David Millar, Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins relax before stage 17

Giro 2008Steve Cummings survived the day-long break in the mountains to come fourth on stage 19

Giro 2008David Millar pounds his way up the final mountain stage (20)

Giro 2008Charly Wegelius on the Gavia (stage 20)

Giro 2008Three weeks of racing hadn’t affected Steve Cummings’ legs – he finished eighth on the stage, a stunning result

Giro 2008Geraint Thomas in the final TT – a few minutes later and the Welshman completed his second grand tour

Giro 2008Bradley Wiggins on his way to fourth place in the final TT to Milan (Stage 21)

Giro 2008David Millar in the final time trial (stage 21)


Giro 2008: The final word on this year’s race


Stage 21 ITT: Contador seals win in final time trial

Stage 20: Contador sets up Giro victory

Stage 19: Contador hangs on to race lead

Stage 18: Voigt wins Giro d’Italia ‘Worlds’ stage in Varese

Stage 17: Cav gifts Greipel the stage

Stage 16: Pellizotti wins mountain time trial

Stage 15: Sella strikes again in the mountains

Stage 14: Sella wins first Giro mountains stage

Stage 13: Easy victory for super-fast Cavendish

Stage 12: Bennati gets photo finish verdict over Cavendish

Stage 11: Bertolini wins hilly stage

Stage 10: Bruseghin wins Giro d’Italia time trial

Stage nine: Cavendish misses out in sprint

Stage eight: Ricco wins again

Stage seven: Di Luca, Ricco and Contador gain time on rivals

Stage six: Italians clean up

Stage five: Millar denied by snapped chain

Stage four: Cavendish wins

Stage three: Bennati romps home

Stage two: Ricco wins Giro d’Italia second stage

Stage one TTT: Slipstream wins Giro team time trial


Contador’s Giro win big boost for Spanish cycling

Ricco and Di Luca talk tough [stage 19]

Contador, Ricco and Simoni to face off in final Giro d’Italia mountains

Six Brits finish mountain time trial [stage 16]

Cavendish disappointed after missing out in Giro sprint

Can Cavendish win the Giro today? [stage 12]

Aggressive Cummings comes away empty handed [stage six]

Millar speaks out after missing out in Giro [stage five]

Reaction to Cavendish’s Giro stage win

Cav hits back at Pozzato’s snipe

Cavendish: This is my biggest win [stage four]

Millar celebrates Slipstream Giro d’Italia success

Bettini looking for final Giro glory

Astana’s troubled build-up to the Giro

Petacchi banned for Salbutamol positive

Yates and Astana make last minute rush to Giro


Giro d’Italia 2008: Photo gallery, week three

Giro d’Italia 2008: Photo gallery, week two

Giro d’Italia 2008: Photo gallery, week one.


Five days to go, what’s in store?

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Cycling Weekly’s all-time list of British pro winners

Giro d’Italia 2008: Rest day review (May 19)

Rest day 1: How the favourites are doing

Giro Britannia part two: From rule Britannia to cruel Britannia

Tuesday Comment (May 13): Why Cavendish is a bona fide world-class star

Giro Britannia: how the Brits are doing in Italy

Giro d’Italia 2008 preview

Giro d’Italia 2008: who will win?

Giro d’Italia 2008: The British are coming

Giro d’Italia on Eurosport: TV schedule