France — David Millar
of the Garmin-Transitions
team proved he’s still one of the best riders in the world against the clock, powering his Felt DA TT bike
to victory at the final stage of Criterium International
in Corsica Sunday. Millar beat two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, who finished second, plus a long list of other top pros including American Lance Armstrong.
Millar’s Garmin-Slipstream teammate Christian Vande Velde told the Brit to ride with “controlled panic,” and that’s what he did. “It’s why I rode like a bat out of hell and didn’t think about it,” Millar told Cyclingnews.com. “I just ran hard.”
The final stage time trial on the island of Corsica was a short, technical 7.7-kilometer course, which followed a hard mountaintop finish stage on Saturday and a circuit race earlier Sunday. Millar smoked the TT with a time of 9:50, 2 seconds faster than Contador. Australian Michael Rogers was third, 3 seconds behind Millar. in addition to the stage win, Millar finished second overall in the points classification.
Corsica, France. March 27-28
Stage 3 Time Trial: 7.7 kilometers
1. David Millar (GB), Garmin-Transtions, 9:50
2. Alberto Contador (Spa), Astana, at :02
3. Michael Rogers (Aus), Columbia-HTC, at :03
4. Lieuwe Westra (Ned), Vacansoleil, at :09
5. Benat Intxausti (Spa), Euskatel-Euskadi, at :11