Sick ... again
Millar back in 2006?
This gives him what he half wanted - the chance to ride Le Tour in 06. Question is, will he and who will take him back?
"Lausanne, 17 February 2005 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed the two-year suspension imposed on David Millar by the British Cycling Federation (BCF). However, the CAS changed the starting date of the suspension period, which means that Millar's ban will now end on 23 June 2006.
Further to a police investigation in 2004 against certain members of the team Cofidis, David Millar was arrested in June 2004 and held in custody by the French police. During his examination by the French authorities, Millar declared that he had taken erythropoietin (EPO) on three occasions : in August 2001 before the Tour of Spain, in May 2003 before the Dauphiné Libéré and in September 2003 before the World Elite Time Trial Championship. On the basis of such admission, the BCF decided to suspend Millar for a period of two years starting from 5 August 2004. The BCF did not impose the maximum sanction of four years in order to take into account the admission by Millar of his doping offences.
On 26 August 2004, Millar filed an appeal with the CAS against the decision made by the BCF in order to request that the suspension be reduced to one year and that the starting date of such suspension be fixed on 24 June 2004.
The case has been submitted to a Panel composed of Mr Quentin Byrne-Sutton, Geneva, Switzerland (President), Mr Jean-Jacques Bertrand, Paris, France and the Hon. Michael Beloff, London, England (arbitrators). A hearing was held on 24 January 2005 in Lausanne in the presence of David Millar, his legal representatives and with those of the British Cycling Federation.
The CAS Panel considered that the two-year suspension imposed by the BCF was proportionate to the circumstances of the case and was in accordance with the CAS jurisprudence. The Panel has however decided to slightly amend the BCF decision in order to change the starting date of the suspension. The Panel noted that, from the date of his arrest, David Millar was unable to compete any more and that, in addition, he promptly and voluntarily announced that he was withdrawing from the British Team for the Olympic Games in Athens. As a consequence, the CAS arbitrators decided that the two-year suspension should be calculated to run from 24 June 2004, as requested by Millar, and to end on 23 June 2006"
Recently, he has been open and honest about the pressures that caused him to cheat. Having him back, "racing clean", might be a step forward. I don't think he will have many friends in the peloton, though. His recent "attack" of honesty did not go down well with a profession where cheating and lying has become the "norm".
A player on the Houston Rockets was asked about steroids. His ONLY complaint was about Jose Canseco. He said that athletes are like "your brothers...and you don't rat out your brothers".