Come in number one, your time is up

I wonder if the defending champion Ryder Hesjedal will find some time for a bit of gentle pedalo during the next rest day? I know it's unlikely given the circumstances but if the hotel is near a lake next Monday, you never know. Obviously he needs some form of relaxation because being blasted out the back and out of contention for a GC placing on the first big mountain of this year’s race means he hasn't recovered from the opening week efforts .The second week won't allow much respite either.

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Robert Millar was one of the last pure climbers of the Tour de France, winning several stages in the mountain stages and finishing fourth overall in 1984. He is also the only English speaker to have ever won the prestigious polka-dot jersey climber's competition jersey.

Millar retired in 1995 but has continued to follow the sport closely. He was often critical of the media and quickly cuts through the excuses and spin to understand why and how riders win and lose.