Day of success for Brits in Tour de France
Chris Froome won stage seven and Bradley Wiggins took the yellow jersey in the Tour de France on an historic day for British cycling.
The Team Sky duo came to prominence on the first major climb of the 2012 Tour, with Briton Froome going clear in the last 200 metres to claim the stage win.
Compatriot Wiggins finished two seconds back alongside defending champion Cadel Evans, a position which took him to the top of the leaderboard and made him only the fifth Brit to ever wear the leader's yellow jersey.
The 199km Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles route ended with a 5.9km ascent, which had an average gradient of 8.5%, and it was on that final climb that Team Sky took to the front as riders dropped away, and eventually only eight men remained in the leading group.
Froome kicked clear of the two pre-Tour favourites in the closing stages to take the win and rise to ninth on the General Classification, which is topped by Wiggins, who holds a 10-second lead over Evans with Vincenzo Nibali - who came home fourth on stage seven - a further six seconds behind.
Wiggins hailed his first yellow jersey as an "amazing feeling" and is looking ahead to taking more time out of his rivals over the coming days.
"It just went perfectly for us, the boys put it on the line and did a fantastic job," said the 32-year-old.
"'Froomie' was mind-blowing - he is just going from strength to strength as a bike rider - and we got the yellow jersey so it is fantastic.
"This is what we have been training for all year, and I think it is fair to say we have peaked now.
"We are in the driving seat and we will look to consolidate in the coming days, more so in the time-trial [on Monday].
"It is not over but with everything that is to come, just to be in the yellow jersey is something to be savoured today. It is a childhood dream of mine."