- Jul 13, 2012
- Garmin’s Millar Takes Tour’s 12th Stage!
In what had been an exceedingly difficult Tour de France so far for the Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda team, David Millar staked his claim as one of the more tactically-astute riders in the pro peloton today, winning the 12th and final Alps stage out of a five-rider breakaway group that was out front for most of the day.
Stage 12 followed two incredibly hard days in the mountains in which the GC contenders battled it out over several brutal passes, and today the peloton was in no mood to keep the pace high. Knowing that the climbs were coming early in a stage that didn’t include a mountain-top finish, odds were that there would be nobody challenging overall leader Bradley Wiggins for the yellow jersey. Today was going to be a day for the opportunist.
After getting himself firmly into a large breakaway that whittled down to 12 riders over the two big categorized climbs on the day, Millar eagerly showed his intent, driving the break until there was a 12-minute gap and only five riders left to compete for the stage win. Knowing the Scotsman was the man to beat, Millar’s breakaway companions began attacking on the undulating terrain 4 kilometers from the finish. Millar had already sized up his competition, however, and knew that Jean-Christophe Péraud was the man to watch. When Péraud launched an attack with 2.5k to go, Millar went with him, and it was now up to them to sprint it out. Millar, who has shown a decent kick in the past, rode at the front waiting for the inevitable. When Péraud opened up his sprint, Millar was ready, and never let him draw even, easily winning the stage by a bike length. Quite manly.
Who knew we were going to have Britain and France trading stage wins throughout the Tour? Congrats, David! We always love watching you race.
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- Eric @Clif