Drug cheat turned fervent anti-doping campaigner David Millar is working with Great Britain’s academy riders as a mentor, British Cycling has announced.
Millar was a prodigious talent and won the Tour de France prologue before turning to performance-enhancing drugs. He served a two-year ban from 2004 to 2006 after admitting to using blood-boosting agent EPO early in his career.
He returned to the sport a reformed character and won a stage of the 2012 Tour de France before competing at the London 2012 Olympics after the British Olympic Association bylaw banning those with doping convictions was quashed.
British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton said the 39-year-old Millar has been working with the academy group, which has relocated to Italy, in a mentoring role on a voluntary basis, with a view to an official position.
Sutton said: “Nurturing an anti-doping culture is at the heart of everything we do at British Cycling, and educating our young riders on the subject is a responsibility we take seriously.
“Having someone of David’s calibre on board to support us in this education process is invaluable; he is readily available to share his well-rounded experiences as a professional cyclist to the young riders who aspire to succeed in their careers.
“In addition to his mentor work, David brings with him a massive amount of training and tactical knowledge which will support the work of the coaches, and he’s become a well-respected figure in cycling which will help us to open doors when it comes to fielding young talent into professional road teams.
“David will work with the squad on a voluntary basis until the end of the month with a view to subsequently joining the team in a more official capacity.”
Millar also won the 2010 Commonwealth Games time-trial gold medal for Scotland, after taking silver at the World Championships a few weeks earlier, and claimed stage wins in all three Grand Tours after returning to the professional peloton.