Gianetti: Millar can lead clean-up

auro Gianetti said today that tomorrow's Tour de France prologue will mark David Millar's "resurrec

auro Gianetti said today that tomorrow’s Tour de France prologue will mark David Millar’s “resurrec

PIC BY TIM DE WAELE Saunier Duval boss Mauro Gianetti said tonight that David Millar is in “highly focused and motivated” ahead of tomorrow’s 7.1km prologue in Strasbourg. Gianetti said that Millar, who competes for the first time tomorrow after a two-year doping ban, was unperturbed by Friday’s dramatic events and the subsequent exit from the race of Ivan Basso and Jan Ullrich. “David is so contentrated that I’m not even sure that he’s aware of all of this chaos,” Gianetti told procycling in Strasbourg. “He’s paid for the mistake that he personally made and he’s not looking at what others are doing. “People can say whatever they like if he wins, but this really is a resurrection for him,” Gianetti continued. “This can be a clear statement from David that this is the road to go down for cycling: by winning or just doing a good ride, he can prove to his peers that you can compete clean.” Earlier on Friday, Millar’s new advisor, former Olympic bronze medallist Max Sciandri, had tipped the 29-year-old Scot to take victory and the first yellow jersey of the Tour tomorrow evening. Gianetti stopped short of making that or indeed any prediction, but did say that MIllar is “in fantastic form”. The Scot was already on the prologue course at 7.30 this morning. He did several circuits of the 7.1km loop before returning to his team’s regal lodgings in the Chateau de l’Ile in Ostwald this afternoon. He apparently spent Friday afternoon watching Germany knock Argentina out of the football World Cup in a penalty shoot-out. Millar had said on Thursday that “this drug hunt in Spain will be fantastic for cycling” and today Gianetti seemed to share his rider’s optimism. “I think you can look at [the scandal] in two different ways. On one hand, it’s obviously very bad for cycling’s image, on the other hand it could lead to a big clean-up,” Gianetti said. “I think and I hope that there aren’t many more [like Fuentes] still working in cycling. I really think that Fuentes was the last one left with this way of working… Yesterday they passed the anti-doping law in Spain, and that will change people’s attitudes: it’s one thing to risk a ban, another thing to risk a prison sentence.”