January 21, 2005
Millar appeals seeking eligibility for 2006 Tour
When David Millar was caught doping last year, he was immediately suspended (starting June 24th), but wasn't banned until a hearing that took place August 6th. On Monday, Millar will appear before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, asking that his 2-year suspension date from June 24th, rather than August 6th.
Complicating the appeal a bit is that the World Anti-Doping Agency changed its rules in mid-August 2004, so that suspensions from that date forward are measured from the date of confession, instead of the date of the hearing, as they had previously been.
If his appeal is accepted, Millar could return to the peloton in time for the 2006 Tour de France.
Quoth The Scotsman:
Millar has been keeping a low profile since news of his appeal emerged in September. Though plans to go to university in Manchester were abandoned, he has moved back to the UK from Biarritz, and is currently living in London. He was a spectator at the recent World Cup track meeting in Manchester, and is said to be keeping fit - he even contested a 10km run in London in late November. But he has refused to discuss his appeal, and has similarly elected to draw a veil of silence over his plans for the future - perhaps until he knows when he would be permitted to race again.
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