Sunday, March 11, 2007

Millar Time

The only problem I have with Cyclysm Sunday is not the Cyclysm but the Sunday. With an eight-day event like Paris-Nice, which began today, on Sunday, you have a prologue on Sunday and a rather meaningless final stage next Sunday. As the Mamas and Papas used to sing, what about "Monday, Monday"? Or Tuesday through Saturday? Or more highlights from THOSE days?
But lets be nice and get back to Paris ... and David Millar (photo by Graham Watson), 30, who won the prologue in the suburbs of Paris on Sunday Sunday. It was the former prologue specialist's first prologue victory in six years -- including the two he was banned for doping. Millar had won the 14th stage of last year's Spanish Vuelta, a 48-km time trial. But this victory over 4.7kms in Issy-les-Moulineaux was really a new start.
"Last year was very hard after two years without racing. It was tough mentally and physically. But this prologue was my first objective of the season. I'm very impressed with myself," said Millar, who rides for Spanish team Saunier Duval.
Monday's 186-km first stage takes the 160 riders from Cloyes-sur-le-Loir to Buzancais.
Paris-Nice, celebrating its 65th edition, was nearly cancelled because of a row between its organizers and the International Cycling Union over marketing rights last week.
But what cycling be without a little controversy.
Last year's winner, Bad Boy Floyd Landis, probably watched the race from a fundraiser somewhere.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Millar Time

The only problem I have with Cyclysm Sunday is not the Cyclysm but the Sunday. With an eight-day event like Paris-Nice, which began today, on Sunday, you have a prologue on Sunday and a rather meaningless final stage next Sunday. As the Mamas and Papas used to sing, what about "Monday, Monday"? Or Tuesday through Saturday? Or more highlights from THOSE days?
But lets be nice and get back to Paris ... and David Millar (photo by Graham Watson), 30, who won the prologue in the suburbs of Paris on Sunday Sunday. It was the former prologue specialist's first prologue victory in six years -- including the two he was banned for doping. Millar had won the 14th stage of last year's Spanish Vuelta, a 48-km time trial. But this victory over 4.7kms in Issy-les-Moulineaux was really a new start.
"Last year was very hard after two years without racing. It was tough mentally and physically. But this prologue was my first objective of the season. I'm very impressed with myself," said Millar, who rides for Spanish team Saunier Duval.
Monday's 186-km first stage takes the 160 riders from Cloyes-sur-le-Loir to Buzancais.
Paris-Nice, celebrating its 65th edition, was nearly cancelled because of a row between its organizers and the International Cycling Union over marketing rights last week.
But what cycling be without a little controversy.
Last year's winner, Bad Boy Floyd Landis, probably watched the race from a fundraiser somewhere.

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