It’s Millar time
David Millar, a British rider on the French Cofidis team, benefited from the melodrama between Ullrich and Armstrong and scored an important stage victory three weeks after a painful loss in the opening prologue when his bike’s chain fell off.
“For me it wasn’t about revenge. I’ve suffered so much the past seven, eight days. I was just happy the last two days to ride my bike and have good health,” said Millar, who scored his third career Tour stage victory.
“Last Wednesday or Thursday, when we went to Bayonne, my teammates told me I have to go for the time trial. I was not feeling so good at that point,” said Millar, who suffered bronchitis in the Tour’s second week. “I’ve been very pessimistic in this Tour because of what happened in the prologue. I didn’t even want to watch the race. I didn’t think I would win until Lance crossed the line.”
Millar flew over the course, indeed, reaching more than 37 mph on the flat straights. With just less than three miles to go, Millar crashed coming into a left-hand turn. He quickly scrambled on his bike, losing about 15 to 20 seconds and likely the chance to set the Tour’s fastest time-trial speed record.
“I have a remarkable strength to be able to keep my head very cool. I had not been taking many risks. I crashed, got back up, got back on and went on,” said the 26-year-old Scot. “I was very lucid. I figured 50 percent of the peloton was going to go down today.”