In an interview published on April 7 on the UK website of Cycling Weekly, David Millar had the following choice words for Alexandre Vinokourov, winner of yesterday's Liège-Bastogne-Liège:
"...Vinokourov is at the other end of the scale. He'll never be the same rider again, and he doesn't treat the peloton with respect, so he doesn't get treated with respect back. There's zero respect for Vinokourov in the peloton."
As for the part about "zero respect," we can only guess that Millar must have meant to say that some subset of the ProTour peloton in which he competes (alongside Vino') isn't particularly fond of him - perhaps an English-speaking group? Because there is at least one rider who found no fault with Vinokourov's win: Alberto Contador, his teammate and the reigning Tour de France champion. He had this to say at the finish of Liège:
"I saw that Vino was very strong and was very touched listening to how they cheered him on the radio. When I heard that he had won, I was very happy."
Hardly the words of a man with zero respect for his colleague.
It does, however, seem that David Millar should just "shut up and ride." Slagging off Vinokourov - when you yourself were guilty of the same transgressions - conveys the image of a whiny, preachy, jealous tool. A description that we are loathe to apply to the man who's personal website once featured the URL itsmillartime.com.
David, we know you're reading this, so please - focus less on bitching about Vino' and more on your own training and racing and developing your younger teammates into drug-free, champion cyclists - and soon one of them might get to enjoy his own Classic podium moment...