Millar battling effects of eczema

David Millar's preparations for the Tour de France have been hit by a bizarre reaction to a treatmen

David Millar's preparations for the Tour de France have been hit by a bizarre reaction to a treatmen
This time last year David Millar was in the midst of producing one of the best stage race results of his career as he finished third at the Dauphin Libr behind Lance Armstrong and Iban Mayo. Three days into this year's edition of the same race, Millar is already well down the overall standings, his preparation completely undermined by a skin complaint that has left him with burns on his knees and lower legs. The injury flared up after the Tour of Languedoc-Roussillon when Millar was affected by allergies and an eczema attack. A cream prescribed to deal with the problem only exacerbated it when it reacted with sunlight and caused a large burn down his leg. Millar was subsequently unable to ride his bike for almost 10 days before the Dauphin. His main hope at the Dauphin is simply to finish. He did not achieve that goal at Languedoc-Roussillon or in last weekend's Classique des Alpes. Speaking on his website, Millar said of his prologue performance: "I was happy with 11th. I didn't expect anything after the recent problems so to finish 11 seconds down was good for me. I'm gutted that this has happened just when I was wanting to be back in good form, it's a shocker how things have been going. All I can hope to do in the race is hang in there and try and finish."
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