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“I'm getting better every day, so that’s good. I’d like to try and go for a stage win, but it’s fairly limited because there’s only two or three that suit me, so I’m biding my time a bit.”

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06.09.2014 @ 15:13 Posted by Joseph Doherty

With his pending retirement at the end of the season, David Millar is looking for one last stage victory at the Vuelta a Espana.

 

He last raced in Spain in 2010 but has a prologue win in 2001, 2 TT wins in 2006 and 2009 and 2 Road wins in 2001 and 2003.

 

Now in his last Grand Tour, Millar says he is “getting better every day, so that’s good. I’d like to try and go for a stage win, but it’s fairly limited because there’s only two or three that suit me, so I’m biding my time a bit.”

 

His take on the overall battle is that “Alberto [Contador] is amazingly strong. It appears to be open but he’s really in control.”

 

“He’s jumping into moves himself, so although his team is not as strong as he’d maybe want it to be, you always end up profiting off other teams, who are defending positions or trying to do their own thing.”

 

However, Millar harbors no sadness that this will be his final Grand Tour.

 

“I’m really enjoying it. I always said I wanted to do this [Vuelta] as my last Grand Tour because it’s a race I have very fond memories of.”

 

“I like racing in Spain, the atmosphere here is so relaxed, and we’ve got a good team here. I’m enjoying being with Ryder [Hesjedal], who’s one of my best friends, so that kind of adds to it as well. So it’s good.”

 

He is on the long list to ride the World Championships for Britain, where he was key in helping Cavendish win the race in 2011 and having podiumed the TT before. If he rides, it would be his final race as a pro.

 

“I’d only go, though, if I could do my job properly, I don’t want to go as a kind gesture [on Team GB’s part]. I want to be able to do my best for the team, because we’ve got a great team and I think we could do something.”
 

 

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