Following the retirement of Lance Armstrong in 2006 there was an opening for another rider to come through and stamp his authority on the Tour de France. Alberto Contador stepped forward to fill the void and record his first Tour victory in a year when drug scandals were rife, with Michael Rasmussen being sent home and the entire Astana team being disqualified. 2008 was all about the 'Manx Missile', Mark Cavendish, who emerged as one of the new stars of the Tour after recording four stage wins. 2009 was a good year for another British rider, Bradley Wiggins, who by finishing 4th became the highest placed Briton ever in the General Classification. Meanwhile, Contador triumphed on the Ventoux to guarantee his second Yellow Jersey while Cavendish enhanced his reputation as a world-class sprinter as he recorded six stage wins.