Vuelta a España iconic stages: Robert Millar wins at Covadonga

Robert Millar on the attack

Robert Millar on the attack

In our latest look at iconic Vuelta a España stages Robert Millar remembers his win at Lagos de Covadonga in 1986. The Scottish rider attacked on the climb and moved into the race lead. He would eventually finish second overall.

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Robert Millar (GBR) Panasonic5:54:16Row 0 - Cell 3
2Pedro Delgado (Spa) PDM-ConcordeRow 1 - Cell 2 0:00:09
3Raimund Dietzen (Ger) TekaRow 2 - Cell 2 0:00:23
4Álvaro Pino (Spa) ZorRow 3 - Cell 2 Row 3 - Cell 3
5Fabio Parra (Col) Café de ColombiaRow 4 - Cell 2 0:00:31

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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.