Cycling: Cavendish: Let Millar ride in Olympics


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The Independent Online

World road-race champion Mark Cavendish hopes fellow Briton David Millar will be free to compete in next year's Olympics despite his compatriot's previous suspension for doping.

Millar, who served a two-year suspension after testing positive for EPO in 2004, is barred from competing in the London Games because the British Olympic Association enforces a lifetime ban for doping offenders.

Cavendish has said that Millar, who helped the sprinter to his world road title in Copenhagen this year, has "redeemed himself" and should be included in Britain's Olympic team.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has declared the British body "non-compliant" with global doping rules but the BOA this month challenged the ruling, filing a formal appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"I would love him to be [at London 2012]," Cavendish said. "Dave cheated but he has realised what he did and learned a lot. He's a massive anti-doping campaigner.

"If we want to win the Olympic road race, we need Dave," he added. "If you want to win and make history, you need a group of people around you. As with Copenhagen, there couldn't have been anybody else I would rather have been with than those seven guys. It's the same with London."