The British riders to have led one of the Grand Tours

Here we look back at all the British riders to have led one of the three Grand Tours

Chris Froome at the 2017 Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

British cyclists have taken the race lead in all three of the Grand Tours – the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España. We list who led which race and when on this page.

If you want to know all the British riders to have won a stage of the big three – from Brian Robinson at the 1958 Tour to the current crop of Tour champions over half a century later, look at our list of all the British grand tour stage winners.

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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.