Its announcement was expected, but yesterdays confirmation from  the Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) that the British Olympics Associations (BOA) life time ban on convicted drug cheats was illegal has opened the door for Scots rider David Millar to compete in the London 2012 Olympics.

But would Millar, if of course selected for Team GB, take up the opportunity to compete in London 2012,  both in the team road race and the individual time trial? 

In an interview with BBC Radio Scotland last month his comments certainly suggested that even if CAS ruled in his favour  he would choose not to compete:  'I don't think it's part of my story being an Olympic Champion . . . I'll leave that to the good guys.'

Prior to the CAS ruling, the opinion expressed by athletes in Team GB illustrated how divisive this issue had become, even within the cycling camp. Sir Chris Hoy holds the view that former drug cheats  should never be allowed to compete in the Olympics, but World Champion Mark Cavendish was more forgiving in his comments, expressing his hope that Millar would be able to compete.

Perhaps Cavendish's position is not so surprising given Millar's instrumental  role as Road Captain in the World Championships in Copenhagen last Autumn,  a performance that propelled Mark Cavendish to his stunning win.  Add to that the fact that British Cycling's Performance Director, Dave Brailsford, has already said he is ready to pick Millar if the Olympic ban is lifted then one has to expect that the Scot will be selected.

If he accepts that invitation . . . well, only the man himself knows.  

Views: 74

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of Wheelsuckers to add comments!

Join Wheelsuckers

Comment by Walter Cundy on May 10, 2012 at 11:50

Dave, Bob P, who came for a ride on Sunday, and has contact with him, says DM is concentrating on getting Olympic ready!

Subscribe to our eNews

Join 4,000+ riders who receive our round-up of cycling news, reviews & tips AND get 5% off designer cycling T-Shirts from n+one

Top Members this Month 

Latest Activity

Mike the Bike commented on Dave Rowe's status
yesterday
Dave Rowe posted a status
"47m in the farm lanes around Alresford. Plenty GUANO and me my virginal white bar tape! Thank heavens for baby wipes! Still gleamo gleamo!"
Monday
Mike the Bike commented on Dave Rowe's status
Thursday
Dave Rowe posted a status
"The uninsured arse that assaulted the Wiggle AND got between a man and his carrot cake, got a 2'yr ban, 2k fine and 350 costs Justuce!"
Feb 14
Dave Rowe commented on Dave Rowe's photo
Feb 8
Mike the Bike commented on Dave Rowe's photo
Feb 8
Dave Rowe posted a status
"Being a techno-klutz, I forget to label the two pics!1. My restored Wiggle after being trashed by a hit and run. And, 2, WHITE bar tape!"
Feb 7
Dave Rowe posted photos
Feb 7
Profile IconIvan Boto, Jeorge Waters, Mat Shreeve and 6 more joined Wheelsuckers
Feb 5
Mike the Bike commented on Dave Rowe's status
Feb 4
Dave Rowe posted a status
"Aaaargh! CW has done away with their fabulous 'Rides With' feature, replacing it even more driss on Virtual racing platforms! Sigh...."
Feb 3
Mike the Bike posted a status
"We've all heard of helmet hair, but balaclava hair, not so much. I unpeeled this morning's layers and that's what I found. It ain't pretty."
Jan 28

Wheelsuckers on Twitter

© 2019   Wheelsuckers   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service