Millar to miss national championships

David Millar, Giro d'Italia 2011, stage seven

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.

Related links

Cavendish confirmed for national championships and Leazes criterium

External links

Official website for the national road race championships

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.