July 22, 2003
Millar had been going well up until stage 13 when he lost over nine minutes on the first Pyrénéan stage from Toulouse to Ax Trois Domaines.
However it was on the 14th stage from St Girons to Loudenvielle over six difficult climbs that Millar dropped most time, going from being 18 minutes adrift of Lance Armstrong to 49 minutes behind.
It was also in the Pyrénées that Millar's cough got worse, and his continued participation in the race - which is not being helped by his low standing of 39th, at 1:24:40 - is still hanging in the balance.
"I'm still pretty sick but one thing's for sure - I'll be at the start for Wednesday's stage because it's imperative that I make it to Bayonne," Millar said after arriving in a fit of coughing nearly 35 minutes behind stage winner Armstrong on Monday.
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