Cycling: Millar just in time to break two-year victory drought

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A long breakaway and a powerful ride in the final time trial in the Tour of Picardie enabled Britain's David Millar to take his first stage race victory in nearly two years.

Millar finished one second behind the winner Juan Carlos Dominguez on the 5.5km time trial in Nogent-sur-Oise, but thanks to the time bonus he had picked up in his break on the previous day's stage, the Scot leapfrogged past the Spaniard on the general classification to take the overall victory by two seconds.

"I'm pleased because it means that I am getting over the injuries I suffered in early March and I'm getting back into the original direction I wanted my season to go." the Cofidis rider said. "The first two stages were dreadful, a lot of cross-winds and with very exposed sections, and the time trial was a very technical affair, but I didn't take too many risks and cruised it. It was all worth it in the end."

Another continental-based Briton, the former national champion Jeremy Hunt, took his first win of the season, the previous day's stage to Laon, in a bunch sprint. The Devonian held the lead until the final time trial.