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Millar as a Postal Domestique?(18 posts)

Millar as a Postal Domestique?NeedSpeed
Jan 22, 2003 11:17 AM
There have always been rumors, but it sounds like next year, one of the Posties will be a well-known time trialist riding under the Union Jack. I can't imagine Lance not taking him up on his offer — especially if next season Ullrich is healthy and the entire country of France will be out to hope Lance can't win number 6 (or number 5). Check out cyclingnews.com. Here's the link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/?id=2003/jan03/jan22news
... or in the words of Lance Armstrong...Akirasho
Jan 22, 2003 11:50 AM
"It's Millar Time"

It'd be interesting to see where he might fit in on the current roster... and who might get the slots for the TdF...

Be the bike.
the original words of Lance Armstrong...mohair_chair
Jan 22, 2003 12:23 PM
When Lance was informed that David Millar had beaten him in the 2000 TDF Prologue, Lance responded: "Who is David Millar?"

True story.
He needs to learn to shut up and ride hard [nm]Leroy
Jan 22, 2003 2:05 PM
not reallycyclopathic
Jan 22, 2003 11:52 AM
he has no future in Postal. At least 'till Lance is ready to retire and Postal needs replacement. And he won't be a good fit, remember Virenque? Lance isn't kinda guy who would tolerate another rider with attitude.

Millar is just fed up with Cofidis, esp after what happened in Vuelta.
Yes, but..PaulCL
Jan 22, 2003 12:37 PM
Millar does have a 'tude but he would come into USPS knowing who is boss. Apparently, Millar is on good enough terms with Lance to have his private cell phone number (see the Sports Illustrated Athlete of the Year issue). Maybe Lance would view Millar's joining of the team as an opportunity to groom his successor??? There certainly isn't anyone on the USPS team ready to take over Lance's job in two years, is there??
Yes, but..NeedSpeed
Jan 22, 2003 1:02 PM
I think that David Millar realizes that his career is at a crossroads. He knows that in the past he has not been as committed to cycling as he should have been and perhaps has rested on his ablities. In Cofidis, he was not pushed to improve. Probably more than anything, Millar wants to take advantage of Lance's training programme and discipline to help become a better cyclist himself. Practically everybody under the sun knows that if Lance can win this year and then if he wins next year he'll probably retire (though I wish he'd do a final season of just classics and maybe the World Championships if the course suits him. He'll probably will ride a final Olympics road race and TT if not the WCs) Anyway, Millar knows that riding with Postal and for Lance will make him a better cyclist. Just as Heras has become a better all-around rider (his TTs are better than they used to be -- look at the first '02 Vuelta TT where he beat a few of the big names), so does Millar hope to. Hell, Hincapie climbed better than he did in last year's Tour.

I hope it happens next year. Good for the overall strength of Postal and I think the entire pro peleton will work against Postal this year. Maybe we'll get to see Millar fulfill his promise in the coming years and challenge Beloki, Aitor, a healthy Ullrich, Tyler and Levi.
future will tellcyclopathic
Jan 22, 2003 1:26 PM
if Lance's to retire next year Millar is a good fit. If Lance plans 3 more years I doubt. DM is emotionally unstable, Lance arrogant, long time to wait. Do you think Jonah can keep it together? Then you have Heras, who could win GT easily if he could manage TT losses under 1min. don't you think he has no ambitions?
Landis may be the future....theBreeze
Jan 22, 2003 2:29 PM
He finished his FIRST TdF. Armstrong didn't even do that. And from what I know about him he has the work ethic required to lead a team. Sure, he probably won't be ready to WIN a Grand Tour in two years, but I can see him as a young leader. Kind of like a Cadel Evens. (Any coincidence that both these guys come from a mtbing background?) Now if Landis can improve his climbing, he could be a great all around rider.
Landis fractured his hip January 10th...Akirasho
Jan 22, 2003 2:50 PM
... but it is hoped that he'll be ready for le Tour...

Be the bike.
Landis may be the future....The Human G-Nome
Jan 22, 2003 3:56 PM
i think Landis is an outstanding young rider, but there's been nothing to indicate that he has the ability to win a major tour or even that he's on par with a Cadel Evans. time will tell.
The future....Wayne
Jan 23, 2003 6:30 AM
of what? I'd be shocked in USPS continues when Armstrong retires, no?
USPS maybe no, butnoveread
Jan 23, 2003 7:00 AM
Tailwind certainly isn't going away...

Noveread
not reallyThe Human G-Nome
Jan 22, 2003 12:58 PM
i don't agree. Lance and DM are good buddies. DM would fall in line.
Certainly a good asset for the Team Time Trialchopper
Jan 22, 2003 12:46 PM
I've always though the TTT makes Lance nervous.
Someone needs to teach the kid how to be a winner & not a whinervelocity
Jan 22, 2003 1:05 PM
Millar's comments indicate he's maturing. Let's see if he can deliver on the bike.

I'm sure he'd have to convince Lance and Johann before Postal would ever think of signing him. He's only 26. Learning the value of teamwork with a team like Postal would do him a world of good IMHO.
Someone needs to teach the kid how to be a winner & not a whinerThe Human G-Nome
Jan 22, 2003 3:58 PM
Millar is still young and full of fire. his outtakes on the Angliru did nothing for his reputation no doubt, but it's also possible that a great many riders would crack under such conditions. going down as often as he did in the torrential rain and flooding, all the while attacking a near impossible climb. he still has plenty of time to prove all of the naysayers wrong.
I agree. Millar needs to turn his recent words into action.velocity
Jan 23, 2003 5:06 AM
His results this year may not at first reflect his positive state of mind. But if he hooks up with the right team, and maintains the right attitude, he has a good career ahead of him.