Drew Wilson’s ‘Robert Millar Appreciation Group’ has generated a lot of interest on FaceBook, with 1,185 members – by now everyone must know he was Britain’s greatest stage race rider until Team Sky and their marginal gains came along – we had another name for that ‘back in the day’, but I digress…
Fourth in the Tour de France, second in the Giro d’Italia and twice second in the Vuelta; king of the mountains in the first two and a stage winner in all three.
Fabulous palmarès by any measure but there was much more to the man that with brilliant Worlds rides, excellent rides in the Classics and semi-Classics not to mention podiums, stage and overall wins in most of Europe’s great stage races outside of the ‘big three.’
Here at VeloVeritas we thought we’d take a wander through his career and remind our readers – and ourselves – of what a superb rider he really was.
It was 1976 when he first appeared on the palmarès radars as Scottish Junior Road Race Champion; within a year he was winning the Davie Bell Memorial over the Ayrshire Hills, the classic Tour of the Campsies TT and the Scottish Hill Climb Championship.
In 1978 he’d moved in to a different league with wins in the Drummond Trophy, Tour of the Peak and British Road Race Championship and was second in the season long ‘Star Trophy’ – predecessor to the ‘Premier Calendar’ and a much harder fought competition than it is now.
He also smashed the course record in the Tour of the Trossachs time trial.