The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
It was last week confirmed, after months of speculation that the 2007 Tour de France will begin in the British capital,
The specific race details will be announced in a joint press conference due to be held in
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At the Saunier Duval ? Prodir team launch last week, British cyclist David Millar made his return to the sport although he is unable to compete until July, later this year, when he two-year ban expires.
In an interview with Spanish daily, AS, he said "For some, my name will never be clean. But for those who can understand it, in this second stage of my career, I want to show with results that I can be a clean athlete...Competing without external help, to become an icon of clean cycling and use my case as an example for the young. There are many idiots who believe that you can't win without drugs, and we must convince the new generations that this isn't the case."
His return will be at the 2006 Tour de France, an event he hopes to again leave his mark on by winning the opening prologue time trial. "I'm going to train hard for that day. I'm even preparing a special bike. I know that it's going to be very difficult, but it's a short distance and I have a chance to win."
In a separate interview with The Independent , Millar discussed the importance of the news of
"It's going to be huge, absolutely massive - the level of interest, everything," said Millar. "It can only be great news for British cycling and compared with 10 years ago, when the race last came to
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