Pic of the Day: Robert Millar, Tour de France 1991

Robert Millar, scanned by Steve Selwood from an original slide.

Robert Millar grinding his way up the lower slopes of Alpe D’Huez in the 1991 Tour de France. Millar came in 75th on the stage 8:53 down on stage winner Gianni Bugno. ’91 wasn’t a memorable Tour – on an earlier stage he had suffered one of the worst crashes of his career, and the Z team leader Greg Lemond failed to win three tours in a row.

He was writing a Tour diary for Cycling Weekly, which is quoted in Richard Moore’s In Search of Robert Millar – he said he ‘needed earplugs to get up Alpe d’Huez’ , such was the noise from spectators.