France — The Garmin-Transitions team’s David Millar put in another hard effort Saturday to maintain his top-10 GC position at the Paris-Nice stage race. The Scot’s teammates did the lion’s share of the work to pull back a dangerous break in the mountainous Stage 6, the hardest yet in the eight-day race that finishes in Nice on Sunday.
A break of 23 riders escaped at the 40km mark of the 220km race from Peynier to Tourrettes-sur-Loup. The Garmin-Transitions team led the chase over the race’s eight rated climbs and Millar overcame a mechanical problem to finish in the lead group, five seconds behind stage winner Xavier Tondo of Spain.
He now sits ninth overall, 1:02 behind overall leader Alberto Contador. The eight-day Paris-Nice, the most important stage race so far this season, concludes Sunday.