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June 24, 2004

Millar detained in doping probe

Eurosport | Millar snared in dope net

David Millar was taken into custody Tuesday evening in Biarritz, where police picked him up while he ate in a restaurant.

"Millar is being held for questioning in Biarritz, in the south-west of France, since Tuesday evening at the request of investigative magistrate Richard Pallain who is in charge of the Cofidis case," a police spokesman said.

He was still being held earlier today, which is likely to put a little damper on his Tour preparations.

Cofidis has been under investigation since the beginning of the year, when 7 riders and staff were charged after riders were caught with banned substances in their luggage flying into France.

BBC is careful to note that Millar is being treated as a witness and not a suspect, but also that Philippe Gaumont, his Cofidis teammate, claimed that Millar was among those who used banned substances.

Update (6/24 12:45 EDT): AFP reports that Millar has been released without any charges being filed.

Posted by Frank Steele on June 24, 2004 in Cofidis probe, David Millar, Doping, Tour news | Permalink

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