Got a question for Garmin-Sharp’s David Millar? This afternoon on Twitter, it’s #MillarTime

Veteran racer takes to Sharp Europe's feed to talk to fans

by John Stevenson   March 11, 2014  

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Veteran Tour de France rider David Millar will be taking over the Twitter feed of sponsor Sharp Europe Tuesday afternoon to host a natter with fans.

Millar will be on the @Sharp_Europe twitter feed between 4pm and 4:30pm on Tuesday March 11. All you have to do is tweet your question with the hashtag #MillarTime, and he will try and answer as many as possible.

To make it even easier for you, you can follow and join the chat right here on road.cc:

Two subjects that are bound to come up are doping and cycling technology.

Millar famously confessed in 2004 to using EPO when he won the 2003 world time trial championship. He served a two-year suspension and returned as an outspoken crusader against doping.

In 2008 he joined the team that is now Garmin-Sharp, becoming a part-owner of the team in order to emphasise its anti-drugs stance.

In a recent interview with Humans Invent, Millar said that he had always seen technology as a way for clean riders to combat those who are doping.

He told Tom Southam: “It was having this view that helped me gain so many early successes in time trials against guys who had the physical advantage from doping. The majority of other pros (and even my team management) didn’t care about their position, wheels, gearing, skinsuits, helmets, shoe-covers: I did. At times I would buy my own equipment and risk the wrath of the team management and sponsors.”

The classic example is his team’s targeting of team time trials as a type of race where doping teams were vulnerable. Jonathan Vaughters, manager of team Garmin Sharp said: “Any high speed event allows aerodynamics to benefit the rider more than doping. In low speed disciplines, like climbing, that’s more difficult. But in the team time trial, overcoming doping, by use of faster materials and better positioning, is possible. You just have to put in the time in the wind tunnel.”

And it’s not just about aerodynamics, but other aspects of race preparation. Millar said: “We were renegades when we arrived in 2008, we also didn’t mind being different and being laughed at. We wore ice-vests before the Giro d’Italia TTT that we won (in 2008). We may have been laughed at when we rolled up to the start line in our vests, but nobody laughed when we won.”

This will be Millar’s last season as professional cyclist, as he brings to a close an 18-year professional career. A lot has changed in that time, but Millar thinks it’s ultimately been positive change.

He said: “Cycling is a bonkers sport, it got a bit too mad the last twenty years, but we’re back to it being the right sort of mad.”

Want to know exactly what’s the right sort of mad? Follow #MillarTime from 4pm tomorrow, Tuesday March 11.

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quality photo, looks like he's jumped on the bike but forgot to attach the saddle.

Love a bit of Dm insight, hope he stays in the sport once he retires from racing.

'It's the closest you can get to flying'
Robin Williams response when asked why he enjoyed riding so much

posted by Simmo72 [329 posts]
10th March 2014 - 14:10

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Simmo72 wrote:
quality photo, looks like he's jumped on the bike but forgot to attach the saddle.
Laughing

the article wrote:
Any high speed event allows aerodynamics to benefit the rider more than doping. In low speed disciplines, like climbing, that’s more difficult. But in the team time trial, overcoming doping, by use of faster materials and better positioning, is possible. You just have to put in the time in the wind tunnel.

Interesting - not heard this expressed in such a way before. Makes sense I suppose, given the massive increases in power required to generate a small increase in speed at the top end.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3242 posts]
10th March 2014 - 14:26

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How much money did you make out of your tell-all autobiography?



Suffering from Low Cadence.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1314 posts]
10th March 2014 - 19:46

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notfastenough wrote:
Simmo72 wrote:
quality photo, looks like he's jumped on the bike but forgot to attach the saddle.
Laughing

the article wrote:
Any high speed event allows aerodynamics to benefit the rider more than doping. In low speed disciplines, like climbing, that’s more difficult. But in the team time trial, overcoming doping, by use of faster materials and better positioning, is possible. You just have to put in the time in the wind tunnel.

Interesting - not heard this expressed in such a way before. Makes sense I suppose, given the massive increases in power required to generate a small increase in speed at the top end.

How about doping and aerodynamics? It's not exactly an either/or Vaughters.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1155 posts]
11th March 2014 - 0:45

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bikeboy76 wrote:
How much money did you make out of your tell-all autobiography?

not as much as Lance for his tell nothing, make it up, fairy tale autobiography Big Grin

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posted by stenmeister [58 posts]
11th March 2014 - 9:55

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Wonder when he's going to start using the #MillarTime hashtag on his answers? Thinking

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4145 posts]
11th March 2014 - 17:36

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Yepp, here's a question Dave. Why not announce your retirement at the end of a season like every other bloody pro rather than turning it into a year long Dave Millar testimonial tour?

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posted by Bobbinogs [56 posts]
12th March 2014 - 0:24

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Bobbinogs wrote:
Yepp, here's a question Dave. Why not announce your retirement at the end of a season like every other bloody pro rather than turning it into a year long Dave Millar testimonial tour?

It's early to announce it, sure, but if you think 'every other bloody pro' does it at the end of the year you're in for a shock. I think some of the reasons why aren't particularly to fathom but, so what ?

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posted by fukawitribe [439 posts]
12th March 2014 - 9:15

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Nothing wrong with him announcing retirement when he did. Allows him opportunity to raise money for charity via the one off shoes Fizik have made for him.

posted by bikerdavecycling [71 posts]
12th March 2014 - 10:10

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I don't think there's any rule that says when you have to announce your retirement. Jens Voigt pretty much said that this would be his last year as well.

I like Millar and as a resident of Glasgow, it's good to know that I'll be able to see him race for the last time in the Commonwealth Games.

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posted by stenmeister [58 posts]
12th March 2014 - 10:16

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The sport will be poorer for the loss of Millar and Jens. I wouldn't say that about every other older retiring pro.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3242 posts]
12th March 2014 - 11:14

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bikerdavecycling wrote:
Nothing wrong with him announcing retirement when he did. Allows him opportunity to raise money for charity via the one off shoes Fizik have made for him.

...and provides a fantastic opportunity for some free advertising for Fizik (they now get their products featured in most mags for every race David is in) and Dave no doubt gets a nice kickback for being so loyal to a sponsor. Everybody's happy, eh!

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posted by Bobbinogs [56 posts]
12th March 2014 - 11:14

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I see no harm in Millar using the year as a farewell tour.

Perhaps the team and pro peloton will give him a few opportunities to really celebrate his last year - I'm sure he won't be gifted any wins, but maybe some gesture of respect.

posted by allez neg [4 posts]
12th March 2014 - 13:00

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Bobbinogs wrote:
bikerdavecycling wrote:
Nothing wrong with him announcing retirement when he did. Allows him opportunity to raise money for charity via the one off shoes Fizik have made for him.

...and provides a fantastic opportunity for some free advertising for Fizik (they now get their products featured in most mags for every race David is in) and Dave no doubt gets a nice kickback for being so loyal to a sponsor. Everybody's happy, eh!

Sure, no reason why they shouldn't get some exposure for this. Or is there a rule that sponsors can't receive a bit of media coverage for their funding of the sport?!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3242 posts]
12th March 2014 - 13:36

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