David Millar , born fourth January 1977 in Malta is without doubt Britains brightest prospect.
When David was 6 years old he became interested in cycling. In his teens, he visited the U.K. and competed in some small races and time trials. After leaving school he travelled to Belgium and France to pursue his goal.
One of his best early achievements was the winning of the junior national 25 mile championships in August 1996, setting a new record of 52m 05s.
He was accepted into the British National Squad and entered the World Championships.
After winning Stage 1 of the 2000 Tour de France, David said, "To be honest, I don't know what nationality I am because I was born in Malta, my family is Scottish and I was brought up in Hong Kong, and my mother is in London."
After today's stage he said, "If you are going to lose 5 minutes you may as well lose 20 so I did take it easy yesterday - which helped me today. I was surprised to feel quite so strong today and thought I was going to get boxed in on the final sprint - but it all worked out perfectly."
The biggest wins so far:
1997: Prologue Tour de l'Avenir
1998: 1 stage 3 days De Panne
1998: 2 stages Tour de l'Avenir: Argentre en Pontalier
1999: Manx International (Gbr)
2000: 1 stage Route du Sud
2000: 1 stage Tour de France, Futuroscope
2001: 3 stage Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe, Angers
2001: 5 stage Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe, La Flèche
2001: Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
2001: 5 stage Bicicleta Vasca, Hiper Eroski
2001: 5 stage Ronde van Denemarken, Enkeltstart
2001: Ronde van Denemarken
2001: 1 stage Ronde van Spanje, Salamanca
Tyler Hamilton has a good tale concerning Levi Leipheimer's wife, the lovely Odessa Gunn.
Odessa spent the entire last week preparing for her first journey to the Tour and even went so far as making Rabobank pompoms. She cheered every rider in the race and was quite popular in doing so, in a Rabobank vest and Amercan flag bra. When Erik Dekker rode up the Tourmalet many minutes down Odessa thought she should give him a push. She did so with both pompoms in hand and before he could react a pompom became tangled up and jammed in Erik's back wheel. He had to stop and his team mechanic had to jump out and come to his aid. Good thing everybody had a sense of humor about it. I think they all realized Odessa was just being enthusiastic.
Robin Williams the American actor star of such films as "Dead Poet's Society" and -er lots of others watched the twelfth stage as a guest of his good friend Lance Armstrong. The pair have a good relationship since Williams does a lot of work with children suffering from cancer. Last year Williams was at the top of Alpe d'Huez where the Texan also won.
Steffen Radochla denied a chance of riding on the Tour de France due to the non-selection of team Coast has gained another victory for his team. The Sprinter won the 3rd Henk Vos Memorial - 1.3 in Holland.
The 23 year old, former Festina rider won the 180km race in Groningen ahead of the Belgian Geert Omloop in 4:24:37. It was another good day for New Zealand Road Champion Gordon McCauley who finished in fourth spot. Not content with his prize money the Kiwi then tried to sell his bidon to the highest bidder - Daily Peloton considers 11 Euro's a little steep though!
Lowik of Bankgiroloterij suffered a fall and got some stitches in his chin - we wish him speedy recover..
1 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Coast 4.24.37
2 Geert Omloop (Bel) Palmans Collstrop
3 Paul van Schalen (Ned) AXA VVZ
4 Gordon McCauley (NZl) RDM Flanders
5 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team Coast
Santiago Botero winner of the Time trial stage is forced to wear a disguise when he trains in his native Colombia. Such is the threat of kidnapping Santiago takes special precautions while out training. "I never wear a Kelme jersey and always wear large sun glasses. In addition I never use the same route two days running except when I am in the safe area close to Medellin."
Frédéric Bessy (Crédit Agricole) is full of praise for Laurent Jalabert while talking to Velo 101 “ Jaja is still époustouflant (mind boggling), he deserves the polka dot jersey. I think he has made this jersey his goal and has made a good start to take it to Paris. He has been magnificent so far and deserves both the jersey and the red number for most aggressive rider."
Wladimir Belli of Fassa Bortolo lying 28th overall and 16.34’’ down, has ambitions to win tomorrows stage on Mont Ventoux. The rider from Sorengo had his last victory in the GP Citta di Camaiore in 2000 - but is one of the most stylish riders in the peloton. However very few would bet against Heras and Armstrong for victory tomorrow.
Sad News from Marmande, France - The funeral took place here on Saturday of the seven-year-old boy killed on Wednesday by a vehicle that was part of the advertising caravan of the Tour de France cycling race.
The boy was trying to cross the road in Le Poteau, near the town of Retjons at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains in southwestern France, when the accident occurred.
Some 500 people attended the religious ceremony in the south western town of Marmande, including three representatives of the Tour de France lead by vice-president, Daniel Baal, former president of the French Cycling Federation.
Witnesses said the car was travelling at a "very moderate" speed and the road was wide where the child was struck. His grandmother was waiting on the other side of the road.
An enquiry has been opened into the incident. A similar accident occurred during the Tour de France two years ago, when a 12-year-old boy was killed. - Sapa-AFP