Millar time again?

Despite the surrounding Tour storm, Scot David Millar will attack Saturday's prologue time trial in

Despite the surrounding Tour storm, Scot David Millar will attack Saturday’s prologue time trial in

Amid all the hullabaloo at the Tour de France surrounding the ejected star names, including those of Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso, Britain’s David Millar remains concentrated on his goal of winning the race’s opening prologue time trial. The Saunier Duval rider’s two-year ban for admitting to EPO use ended just a week ago, and Saturday’s 7.1km prologue will be his first competitive race since the ban. The machine he’ll be attempting to take the first yellow jersey of the race on will be the Scott Plasma Ltd time trial bike. The full-carbon frame, which features an integrated seat post, is custom built to Millar’s specifications, and includes a special Tour paint job, featuring an Eiffel Tower and the French Tricolore. Kitted out with Campagnolo Record components, Fulcrum wheels and a Ritchey handlebar set-up, Millar hopes the bike will help him achieve his goal, having undergone intensive testing in the San Diego, USA, wind tunnel earlier this year. Millar has trained for the prologue for the past 12 months, and is confident that, by having focused specifically on this one event, he will come out on top. “Once you’ve left the ramp, you’re just counting down. It all goes by so quickly: it’s strange but enjoyable, especially when you’re really fit,” Millar tells Daniel Friebe in the July issue of procycling. “When you’re not going well, there’s nothing more unpleasant. But if you’re good, your equipment’s good and you feel good, it feels fantastic.”