David Millar has confirmed he will not be riding the national road race championships on June 26.
The Garmin-Cervelo rider who won the final stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia has said he will forgo the race in order to cut down on his travelling schedule ahead of the Tour de France.
Millar will instead train at altitude in the Pyrenees ahead of the Tour, staying at 1,600m and training in the mountains. The Scot, who launched his Autobiography ‘Racing Through the Dark, The Fall and Rise of David Millar’ in London earlier this week won the national championships in Abergavenny in 2007.
Last year Team Sky dominated the race taking first second and third, and look set to dominate again in the 122.5 mile event near Newcastle. Bradley Wiggins has entered along with eight of his Sky team mates as has Mark Cavendish.
Millar’s Garmin-Cervelo team mates Roger Hammond (winner in 2003 and 2004) and Daniel Lloyd (second in 2007) have entered.
Once again the battle is likely to be between the British based pros who are in full on criterium mode with the Tour Series and the continental based pro’s coming off the back off longer stage races.