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By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2003
Cofidis team leader David Millar has vowed to continue riding the Tour de France – at least until Bayonne – despite a serious chest cough which has virtually halted his progress in the race.
After Tuesday’s rest day in Pau, the Tour continues with the 16th stage on Wednesday – a 197.5km ride from Pau to Bayonne over six Pyrénéan climbs, two of which are rated Category 1.
Millar had been going well up until stage 13 when he lost over nine minutes on the first Pyrénéan stage from Toulouse to Ax Trois Domaines.
However it was on the 14th stage from St Girons to Loudenvielle over six difficult climbs that Millar dropped most time, going from being 18 minutes adrift of Lance Armstrong to 49 minutes behind.
I’ve learned that on the Tour everything can go horribly wrong even when you’re feeling okay… I’m pretty pessimistic