David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) was one of the main protagonists in Saturday’s wild ride at the Vuelta a España in a tandem attack with Garmin-Transitions teammate David Zabriskie.
He and Zabriskie went on a daring, two-man breakaway early in the stage to light up their power meters ahead of next week’s individual time trial stage at Peñafiel. The Garmin pair attacked out of the pack when Niki Terpstra (Milram) had a four-minute lead at 36km and then tandemed to catch him at 64km, five minutes ahead of the pack.
Zabriskie gave up the chase with 20km to go. Millar was caught with 3km to go and then helped teammate Tom Danielson stay close to the GC favorites on the final ramps up Peña Cabarga.
It was all part of Millar’s preparation for the 2010 world championships and his unique idea of having a good time at the Vuelta.
“Dave and me told the boys were going to do a two-up attack. I don’t think anyone believed us, but we were totally committed. It ended up being a two-up time trial for 150km, it was good fun. At one point, I thought we might actually do it. I figured if we had five minutes, we might do it,” Millar told VeloNews. “It was fun. We’re having a blast at the moment. With Christian (Vande Velde), Dave, we’re having fun off the bike, and days like this, we’re having fun on the bike as well.”
Millar won last year’s final time trial at Toledo, but said he has his eyes on a bigger prize — the world time trial title in Australia.
“I am not targeting to win it. I am working had in all the stages to give myself a massive workload and come out of this very good for worlds. If I am top five, I will be satisfied. I am not saving myself for the (Vuelta) time trial this year,” he said. “I want to do well at the worlds this year. The time trial is the real objective and then work for Mark (Cavendish) in the road race.”