MILLAR AND WIGGINS CELEBRATE IN PARIS
Bradley Wiggins and David Millar celebrated finishing the Tour de France with some final fireworks on the Champs Elysees.
Millar was one of the first to attack on the second lap of the Champs Elysees and his long burst lined out the peloton. The Scot was then also in the 16-rider attack that gained a 30 lead as the laps counted down.
Perhaps in a show of British pride, Wiggins lead the chase after Millar with help from several Cofidis team mates and the Liquigas team. The bunch came back together with Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) going on to win the sprint ahead of Robbie McEwen (Davitamon) and Stuart O’Grady (CSC).
Millar and Wiggins finished near the back of the peloton in 129th and 131st place respectively but both were both extremely happy to have made it to Paris. Millar was 59th in the final standings, 2-04-10 behind Landis. Wiggins was 124th at 3-25-32. It was the first time for 13 years that two British riders finished the Tour. In 1993 Robert Millar and Sean Yates both finished the three-week race.
“I feel like I used to and I have started to fire now,” Millar told Eurosport.
“Once I have rested for a few weeks before the Tour of Spain I will be back to my best, and next year I will be better than ever.”
Wiggins was tired and did not perform well in the final time trial like Millar but was still proud of his Tour performance.
“I’m pretty pleased to have made it to Paris and with how everything went,” Wiggins said.
“I was pleased to get the prologue out of the way and it was great to be in the long break in the first week. I was happy with my first time trial and then it was a matter of survival. I found the Alps quite hard but made sure I got through.”
“I woke up nailed to the ground before the time trial and so didn’t try and go hard. I’m just pleased, really pleased to have finished my first Tour.”
Millar will be back in action next Saturday at the Hamburg HEW Cyclassics race in Germany, while Wiggins will ride the Tour of Germany.