David Millar finished the prologue of the Eneco Tour 16 seconds down in 11th place, instead of winning it as he had planned. And he knew exactly who to blame for that: the weather.
By the time he came to the starting line in Hasselt, Belgium, the rain was pouring down. The city course had many sharp turns, cobblestones and puddles along its 5.1-kilometre route, and it was much too dangerous for the later starters to do anything but ride for safety rather than for the win.
"I felt myself sliding. This is really bad luck," the Saunier Duval rider said on Belgian TV, according to telesport.nl. "It also happened to me twice in the Tour, when it started to rain before the start. If it had been dry, I certainly would have won."