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June 25, 2004

L'Equipe: Millar confessed to EPO

Eurosport | Millar confesses - report

Today's edition of L'Equipe (rough Google translation to English) reports that David Millar admitted EPO use to police during his 48 hours in custody this week.

L'Equipe quotes sources that EPO vials were found at Millar's home in Biarritz.

The 27-year old Scot has never failed a drugs test in his eight-year professional career. Officially placed under investigation, he could rapidly be charged for "infraction against the law on banned substances."

In the ongoing Cofidis drug case, axed team-mate Philippe Gaumont had accused Millar of providing him with EPO before the final stage of last year's Tour de France.

Apparently they mean the last stage but one, the time trial out of Pornic that Millar won.

Notable, too, is that Millar has never failed a drug test.

This will likely turn up the heat on this story significantly, since a) it's a French team, b) it's one of their top riders, and c) the Tour starts in just over a week.

Millar would face a lifetime ban from the Olympics if found guilty of a doping offence under the British Olympic Association's guidelines.

Posted by Frank Steele on June 25, 2004 in Cofidis probe, David Millar, Top Stories, Tour news | Permalink

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whoa! Ligget's love child goes down.

Posted by: -b- at Jun 25, 2004 1:55:23 PM

I would not believe this report in l'Equipe without corroborating evidence from Millar.

I understand that recently, in the case of Eddy Mazzoleni, Le Monde published a police transcript of a tapped telephone conversation. It seems like an odd procedure for the police to bypass the judicial system and go straight to the press.

Who can say if the police are being any more scrupulous in the case of Millar?

Posted by: Bill Neal at Jun 29, 2004 9:24:43 PM