Barloworld's Chris Froome was third in the sixth and final stage of the Tour of the Mediterranean, which finished on top of Mont Faron, the famous hill that sits above Toulon in the south of France.
The British rider, who was born in Kenya, was behind Cofidis rider David Moncoutié, who won the stage, and his Barloworld team-mate Juan Mauricio Soler.
Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) won the overall title. Ireland's Daniel Martin, a former British junior road race champion, was third overall, riding for Garmin-Slipstream.
It was an excellent day all round for the British and Irish riders on Mont Faron. Martin was 13th on the stage to move up from fourth overall onto the podium. Steve Cummings (Barloworld), David Millar (Garmin) and Nicolas Roche (AG2R) were all in the top 20.
Stage six: Nice-Toulon, 165km
1 David Moncoutie (France) Cofidis in 4-36-00
2 Juan Mauricio Soler (Colombia) Barloworld at 7sec
3 Chris Froome (Great Britain) Barloworld at 13sec
4 Jussi Veikkanen (Finland) Francaise des Jeux at 44sec
5 Jonathan Hivert (France) Skil Shimano at 47sec
13 Daniel Martin (Ireland) Garmin-Slipstream at 58sec
16 Steve Cummings (GB) Barloworld at 1-05
18 David Millar (GB) Garmin-Slipstream at 1-08
19 Nicolas Roche (Ireland) AG2R at 1-08
80 Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream at 5-38
97 Geraint Thomas (GB) Barloworld at 7-31
1 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spain) Caisse d'Epargne in 16-09-19
2 Jussi Veikkanen (Finland) Francaise des Jeux at 24sec
3 Daniel Martin (Ireland) Garmin-Slipstream at 52sec
4 Damien Monier (France) Cofidis at 1-23
5 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin-Slipstream at 1-27
13 Chris Froome (GB) Barloworld at 3-44
14 Steve Cummings (GB) Barloworld at 4-40
15 David Millar (GB) Garmin-Slipstream at 4-41
20 Nicolas Roche (Ireland) AG2R at 5-20
53 Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream at 9-11
68 Geraint Thomas (GB) Barloworld at 11-06
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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.
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