Team Garmin-Transitions captain David Millar rode himself into top contention for the overall at the Critérium du Dauphiné ITT with a strong second place. He sent this report:
I’m pleased with the result; was aiming for the win, but am not disappointed with second.
The main reason being I felt good out there on the road and finished strong and fresh, which perhaps wasn’t the ideal way to finish a 49km TT! But a good sign considering the mountainous days ahead.
The TT itself was demanding — horrible bumpy roads into a block headwind, it felt so slow and I was very surprised when I came through the first time check so fast. I maybe relaxed a bit too much after that for the final part of the climb, but that meant I was very fast in the final.
I almost crashed twice! My wife was in the following car and wasn’t too impressed with my death defying antics.
Tomorrow I’ll give everything and after that we’ll decide how we’ll tackle the rest of the race.
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