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Robert Millar: Cycling Legend

You didn't see live telly as most people claim(Channel 4 didn't start coverage until 1986, although you might have seen World of Sport Highlights) but on the 9th July 1984 Robert Millar won  the stage from Pau to Guzet Neige, gained the King of the Mountains Jersey and winning this famous jersey in Paris rode himself into British cycling history.

On a baking hot day over 226km the peloton took on the climbs of Portet d'Aspet, la Core, Latrape and after a short descent the finish climb to the ski station of Guzet Neige. Over the top of the Portet d'Aspet Millar jumped out of the Peloton in a group of 8 and caught the early leaders by La Core. Cresting this only 3 other riders remained with Millar - Lucien Didier, Gerard Veldscholten and Jean-Rene Bernaudeau. Didier cracked first on Latrape and over the top this small group had 2 minutes to Pedro Delgado who had accelerated from the main GC group. Getting word of the attacks behind Millar went off the front and with his bobbing style made his victory push. Behind hin the Colombian Lucho Herrera had pushed on quickly, catching and passing Delgado in the final kilometer. All too late though - despite suffering in the closing stages Robert Millar 'comfortably' won by 41 seconds.

Swapping the iconic black and white Peugeot colours for the even more iconic red polka dots, Robert Millar went on to clinch 4th overall and win outright the King of the Mountains Jersey 

Green's great and Yellow is the colour of the best riders but there is something even more iconic about the Polka dot jersey. Sometimes it will be won by an all conquering GC rider but more often than not the KoM winner will have made repeated attacks on the most difficult of terrain. They muscle up against the Man with the Hammer over several days to get to the top of the climbs and suffer for the necessary points.

Robert Millar is a rider who claimed he was good at grovelling and that is what made him so good in the harder climbs of the Pyreness (Roberts 3 TDF stage wins were all in the Pyrenees). He certainly made many great riders grovel in his wake on more than one occasion and was so good he could get away with a dodgy headband or ponytail now and again

For me personally, Robert Millar was the rider who sparked a passion and interest that remains to this day. Loved him them, love him now - espcially on 9th July which is Millar Time!! 

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