David Millar Tour of California 2008
(Image credit: Jonathan Devich)

British champion David Millar has pulled out of Paris-Nice, suffering from illness.

The Slipstream rider had targeted the race, and had been optimistic of getting onto the podium. But his overall hopes had taken a fatal blow as soon as the race hit the hills on stage three. On the Col de la Croix de Chaubouret, he was unable to follow the pace of the leaders, and in yesterday?s climb of Mont Ventoux, he was one of the first to be dropped.

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Edward Pickering is a writer and journalist, editor of Pro Cycling and previous deputy editor of Cycle Sport. As well as contributing to Cycling Weekly, he has also written for the likes of the New York Times. His book, The Race Against Time, saw him shortlisted for Best New Writer at the British Sports Book Awards. A self-confessed 'fair weather cyclist', Pickering also enjoys running.