Saunier Duval rider David Millar has come into this race in a relaxed frame of mind but said that he will target a good stage performance and a strong ride in the world time trial championships later this season.
"I feel good to be here. To be honest I don't really know how my form is," he said in the Village Depart this morning. "I am very relaxed, I have got my eyes on the second half of the Tour [of Spain] and the world championships. I am coming into this race with a relaxed frame of mind…I will try to just enjoy it and ride myself into very good form.
"I will try something in the second half of the race. I see about a road stage and the time trials, obviously. It will be like a mini world championship with Cancellara and those here, so it will be a good test."
Millar said that he enjoyed yesterday's team time trial. "It was fast, very fast, but also a lot of fun. We've done team time trials of about 15 kilometres before but nothing that short. The team were well-drilled…they are not the strongest for that kind of test but I think they showed that if you get it right, if you work properly, then you can get a good time. I think seventh for us is exceptional. We were really pleased."
The Scot has already been to the world championships course in Austria and liked what he saw. "I went and saw it three weeks ago. It is beautiful, a super course. Worth of the world time trial championships. The road race is going to be a good course as well, it is a classic sort of course, but the time trial is exceptional."