Millar battles to top-five at De Panne

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Belgium — A gutsy ride in terrible conditions at the Three Days of De Panne stage race put Garmin-Transitions rider David Millar in fourth place overall with one day to go in the three-day race. Millar fought off the rain and finished in a chase group 41 seconds behind the day’s winner, Frenchman Sebastian Turgot, and now sits poised to make a run at the overall win on Thursday.

Millar is 12 seconds behind overall leader Luca Paulini of Italy in the GC. The final day of De Panne features two stages—a flat 112km road stage that will favor the sprinters and an afternoon time trial that should determine the overall winner. Millar, one of the world’s best at racing against the clock, has red-hot form, which he showed with a time trial win at last weekend’s Criterium International race in France. He also has his Felt DA time trial bike to help his cause.

The final time trial is short, just 14.75 kilometers, and racers are likely to face stiff winds off the North Sea. Check back on Thursday to see how Millar and his Garmin-Transitions mates fare.

De Panne, Belgium. March 29-31

General Classification (after Stage 2)

1. Luca Paolini (Ita), Acqua & Sapone, 9:30:10
2. Andrey Grivko (Ukr), Astana, same time
3. Frederic Amorison (Bel), Landbouwkredit, at 0:09
4. David Millar (GB), Garmin-Transitions, at 0:12
5. Sebastien Turgot (Fra), Bbox Bouygues Telecom, at 1:30