Robert Millar t shirt by Lawrence Keogh/Phil O’Connor



The image is taken from Phil O’Connor’s 21 Years of Cycling Photography it shows Robert Millar time trialling. Notable because Robert was primarily a climber. In this particular TT he might have won the stage but for two forced bike changes. It was a mountain TT and he was second at 10 seconds. He is holding, but in this picture not wearing, the leader’s jersey in the 1985 Vuelta. Ultimately the race was won by Pedro Delgardo in singularly iffy circumstances that saw Delgardo overhaul a six minute plus deficit on the 17th stage. This is as close as a British rider has ever come to winning one of the three Grand Tours. The Vuelta is often the toughest of the three but it is the least prestigious. The pecking order in Grand tours is Le Tour de France, The Giro or Tour of Italy, with The Tour of Spain, The Vuelta, a distant 3rd. Perhaps because of this inferiority the Spanish particularly want a Spanish winner. In any case Robert Millar would have had few friends in the Grand Tours. He was the British leader of a French team, and he was almost certainly a clean rider. Being clean would have put him at the obvious disadvantage, (though it’s the case that on whole the drugs that were available in the early 80’s didn’t do much, Conconni was just developing the use of EPO for athletes, I believe he started in 82. I am told Seb Coe had a short spell with him around ’84) but it would also compromise his ability to forge alliances among those who were not clean. That would have included most of the rest of the field in 1985. Delgardo meanwhile was certainly not clean and if he could not forge alliances he would buy them. It is certainly the case that all Delgardo’s major wins were controversial.On the day of Stage 17 every sort of iffy circumstance saw Delgardo take the lead from Millar with Millar unaware of what was going on, not least because the Spanish race officials conspired to keep him ignorant of Delagardo’s break away. As Millar remarked afterwards with admirable insouciance: “The other pros can’t make you win a race, but they can help you to lose one.”

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