Sunday, February 8, 2009

OBRA's Miller Flexes Muscle In Snowy San Diego Hills

OBRA's Carson Miller (Land Rover-Orbea) showed some early season form with a sixth-place finish in Sunday's Boulevard Road Race in San Diego.

The race marked the return to the pro ranks for Floyd Landis, back from a two-year suspension for a doping case that cost him his 2006 Tour de France title, and featured a driving snow storm as the riders started a course that took them into the mountains outside of the city.

Miller joined an early break group but was dropped during ensuing attacks, according to a race report at
"Two laps into the four-lap race, a group including Day, Evans, Kemp, two-time San Francisco Grand Prix winner Dionne, Sheldon Day (Bissell), and Carson Miller (Land Rover-ORBEA) bridged up to Fly V Australia rider Sulzberger, who had attacked on the first lap. When the break caught Sulzberger, he countered and only Day, Evans and Kemp were able to respond."
Despite being dropped from the lead group, Miller, who finished 3rd in OBRA's 2008 Road BAR points competition and 10th in Overall points, hung on Sunday for a sixth-place finish in a field packed with pros readying for the upcoming Tour of California.