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Britain's Millar 'devastated' by Tour omission
Great Britain's David Millar has spoken of his devastation at being left out of what would have been his 13th and final Tour de France race.
Millar has been dropped by his Garmin-Sharp team after they expressed concern over the Scot's fitness and health. He failed to finish at the British Cycling National Championships road race on Sunday and Garmin-Sharp took the decision to omit him from Tour selection.
"I'm devastated that the team don't trust me to the job as I've always done," Miller told the Guardian. "I'm in shock. I don't understand why I'm not selected.
"The bottom line is that I was selected when they chose the team a week ago and they pulled me because they were worried about my health; that is counter-intuitive because they wanted me to race the nationals to prove I was healthy."
Millar accidently revealed on Twitter last week that he had been included in the Garmin-Sharp squad for Le Tour, which begins in York on July 5.
However, following his failure in Abergavenny on Sunday, Millar displayed worry over his Tour place via the social networking site.
None of my team will answer the phone to me. I under-performed at the nationals. I'm now so scared about losing my Tour spot I can't sleep.— David Millar (@millarmind) June 30, 2014
The Garmin-Sharp team confirmed Millar, who is set to retire at the end of the cycling season, had been left out on Monday.
Team director Charly Wegelius said: "Had David been healthy, he would have been a phenomenal team member.
"We would have loved to have him. Unfortunately, as seen over the weekend, David is sick, so we were forced to make a difficult and sad decision."
I was selected for TdF last week, then they pulled me last night. Wiggo, Dowsett, Pete, Swifty, fancy a city break? I hear York's nice.— David Millar (@millarmind) June 30, 2014
For the record, I was going to be ready for the Tour, so sad my team didn't believe in me, after everything we've been through. Not cool.— David Millar (@millarmind) June 30, 2014