Robert Millar blog: Rating the Giro d'Italia contenders

On the Giro d'Italia's ninth stage to Blockhaus, Nairo Quintana was imperial and it was an exhibition by Movistar in setting up their leader to take the stage and the maglia rosa. Style-wise it was the same Quintana of old with long periods out the saddle: always on top of his gear and always capable of accelerating on the exit of corners.

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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.