Team GB cyclist David Millar was in a 16-man breakaway on stage 17 of the Tour de France as the peloton rode towards Paris and Bradley Wiggins edged closer to becoming the first British winner of the yellow jersey.
Millar, winner of stage 12 one week ago, was among the early leaders on the 222.5-kilometre route from Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde and was joined by Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen.
Norway's Boasson Hagen won Team Sky's first two Tour stages in 2011 but has been at Wiggins' service this summer.
Wiggins began the day with a lead of two minutes five seconds over Team Sky colleague Chris Froome, with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) 2mins 41secs adrift in third, a deficit which was extended on stage 17 in the Pyrenees yesterday.
Following Friday's route, two stages remain, with Saturday's 53.5km time-trial to Chartres the last for time gains to be made.
Wiggins' ability in the discipline against the clock means, barring accident or illness, he is set to be the first Briton to take the maillot jaune home from Paris on Sunday.
Wiggins was safely in the peloton, 2:45 behind Millar's leading group with 128km to go.