The Build Up
"In the last week [of the Vuelta] I started to feel really good and the stage
win was a big boost for me," he said. "I went there with virtually zero form and
in the Pyrenees I suffered terribly, but then gradually things started picking
up for me.
"I was obviously disappointed not to get a time trial win, but I'm pleased
with the way my form has improved.
"My condition is how I wanted it, so now I can focus on the world
[championships]. My big goal of the season is the world championships.
Millar went from Spain to Manchester, where he spent a few days testing a new
carbon time trial bike; which may have been inspired by the memory of the
equipment failure that, in July, cost him the prologue time trial and the first
yellow jersey of the centenary Tour de France.
In Hamilton today he rode the first road version of the revolutionary GB
Carbon Track bike, which the GB track team have all used for the last 18 months.
Millars bike features a few obvious changes such as the addition of brakes,
gears and cables, but it combines lightness and remarkable stiffness and an
extremely high quality finish.
"I'm really nervous now and it feels as if my head is about to explode; all
this waiting is a nightmare. Everything is OK though and I got my TT helmet
today. It's got an amazing spray design on it done by Carl Hodgson, it looks so
sweet but I'm not going to describe it, you'll have to wait and see." (It's
Millar Time Website)
"Everyone expected me to win, but I was scared to death. "I was terrified I
would lose. The rainbow jersey is something I've wanted for a long time."
"It's a huge satisfaction to win - I've waited for so long for this, so I'm
really happy," said Millar.
"What happened in the TdF prologue was really tough on me," admitted Millar,
who says he is doubly determined for the Athens Olympics next year."I want to
give some kudos to this jersey because I feel like I've been one of the most
consistent time triallers out there."And I wanted to be on the start ramp for
the Olympics next year as the reigning world champion."
Courtesy Cofidis and Graham Watson
Winner - Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen (prologue)
Winner - Overall - Tour de Picardie
Winner - 19th Stage Tour de France
Winner - Stage 4 Vuelta a Burgos
Winner - Stage 17 Vuelta a España 2003 (pictured above)
Winner - TT World Championships Hamilton
OTHERS ON MILLAR
"If he wasn't a cyclist he'd be a rockstar." --Lance Armstrong,
"I get many thanks with Cofidis. Millar and the Belgians are
always overflowing with their gratitude." --Bingen Fernandez, Cofidis
Millar was "wasting his talent. I'm sorry for him. We've thought
about him, never hassled him, but what really hurts me is that he doesn't think
about himself." --François Migraine, Cofidis boss
"There's a whole romantic side to cycling, it's a do-or-die
sport." -- David Millar
"David Millar burst onto the racing scene as a raw talent when
he won the TT prologue of the Tour de l'Avenir, aged just 20 years old. Since
then, in spite of considerable success, there is still the feeling that Millar
has not quite lived up to his considerable talent. However, he rode a mature
Vuelta (getting a great road victory when he realised that Nozal was not to be
denied in the TT events) and will come out of the Vuelta in great shape for the
Worlds..." --podofdonny, Daily Peloton 2 October 2003