A collection of images from David Millar’s win on stage 12 of the 2012 Tour de France. This post comes very muchafter the event but I wanted to celebrate it on the blog as I am a Millar fan.
As a blogger I’m fighting to stay within the time cut at the moment, rather than driving the break- in a month’s time I might have some Chris Hoy pictures for you all.
I have been hoping for a stage win from Millar since his solo escape into Barcelona in 2009. He had come close in a few time trials, and got into a few breaks but only
Millar had the strength to mark most of the moves in the final few kilometres, and then the tactical nous to allow strong climber Pereaud a bit of a gap when he attacked in the final kilometre, before jumping the three remaining breakaway riders to latch onto the AG2R man’s wheel. Then he had the confidence to lead out the sprint, knowing he had the beating of the sometime mountain biker.
In addition to the way he drove the break, got the jump on his rivals and powered past Pereaud to the line, he made a point about cycling’s dark recent past in the post-race interview. Without prompting he referred to himself as “an ex-doper” and took on the issue of his ban and tainted past upfront. Contrast that to Alejandro Valverde’s avoidance of the issue, even when questioned by journalists, after his win in the Pyrenees on stage 17.
Naysayers may point out that the stage was a classic ‘day for the break’, with the Alps in the legs and a rolling stage unlikely to shake up the GC, the teams did not mount a chase and allowed the breakaway a lead of 10 minutes plus. Despite that, simply getting in a break at the Tour is hard enough, especially after 10 days of racing.