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ANNONAY, France (AP) - David Millar of Britain has led a five-man breakaway to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France as the race left the Alps on the longest stage this year.

Bradley Wiggins of Britain looked set to retain the yellow jersey as he kept pace with his main rivals in the pack about 10 minutes back of the breakaway bunch.

The 226-kilometer ride from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay-Davezieux featured two big climbs on Friday.

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Stage 12 Results
1. David Millar - Garmin - Sharp - 5:42:46
2. Jean-Christophe Peraud - AG2R La Mondiale
3. Egoi Martinez De Esteban - Euskaltel - Euskadi - 0:00:05
4. Cyril Gautier - Team Europcar
5. Robert Kiserlovski - Astana Pro Team
6. Peter Sagan - Liquigas-Cannondale - 0:07:53
7. Matthew Harley Goss - Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
8. Sébastien Hinault - AG2R La Mondiale - 0:07:54
9. Cadel Evans - BMC Racing Team
10. Luca Paolini - Katusha Team

General classification after Stage 12
1. Bradley Wiggins - Sky Procycling - 54:34:33
2. Christopher Froome - Sky Procycling - 0:02:05
3. Vincenzo Nibali - Liquigas-Cannondale - 0:02:23
4. Cadel Evans - BMC Racing Team - 0:03:19
5. Jurgen Van Den Broeck - Lotto Belisol Team - 0:04:48
6. Haimar Zubeldia Agirre - RadioShack-Nissan - 0:06:15
7. Tejay Van Garderen - BMC Racing Team - 0:06:57
8. Janez Brajkovic - Astana Pro Team - 0:07:30
9. Pierre Rolland - Team Europcar - 0:08:31
10. Thibaut Pinot - FDJ-Big Mat - 0:08:51

Full results here..

Jersey Standings:
Bradley Wiggins
Peter Sagan
Fredrik Kessiakoff
Tejay van Garderen

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"Millar wins 12th stage, Wiggins in yellow
By Justin Davis (AFP)

ANNONAY, France - Britain's David Millar claimed his fourth Tour de France stage, and first since 2003, after dominating a two-up sprint with Frenchman Jean-Christophe Peraud on Friday.

Yellow jersey holder Bradley Wiggins finished nearly eight minutes behind a leading group of five to retain his race lead after the 226 km 12th stage between Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne and Annonay in the Ardeche.

Wiggins' Sky teammate Chris Froome stayed second overall at 2min 05sec with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) in third at 2:23 and Australia's Cadel Evans (BMC) fourth at 3:19.

Millar's fourth career stage on the race comes in the wake of an "horrific" Tour campaign for his Garmin-Sharp team who have lost several riders including team leader Ryder Hesjedal.

"It's massive. It's been a horrific Tour for us so far," said Millar.

"I really wanted to do something... prove that we're still here and show that Garmin-Sharp are one of the best cycling teams in the world."

A day after the toughest stage in the Alps and with the only two major climbs coming within the first 80 km, the breakaway contenders were primed from the start of the race's longest stage.

After 20 km of attacks and counter-attacks a 19-strong group that included the first five finishers managed to pull itself free of the peloton to begin the 12.5 km climb to the summit of the Cucheron." Read more from AFP...

"Millar extends British domination by claiming Tour stage win in Annonay

(CNN) -- British domination of this year's Tour de France continued Friday as David Millar won the longest stage of the race in Annonay.
The Garmin-Sharp rider won a sprint against Frenchman Jean-Christophe Peraud at the end of 226km from Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne.

The pair had been in a five-strong breakaway group which finished nearly eight minutes clear of the main bunch.

Britain's Bradley Wiggins kept the race leader's yellow jersey with his Team Sky colleague Chris Froome in second place, two minutes and five seconds adrift.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) remained third behind the two Britons with defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC) in fourth place, but three minutes 19 seconds behind Wiggins.

Wiggins strengthened his position on the grueling 11th stage and was content to let Millar, Peraud, Egoi Martinez, Cyril Gautier and Robert Kiserlovsk go clear after the second climb of the day and with 120km still to go.

The 35-year-old Millar showed his experience as the five riders battled for stage honors and outpaced Peraud for his fourth career win on the Tour de France." Read more from CNN International...

Photos by CorVos

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