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David Millar to retire from cycling next year

Millar is to retire from cycling at the end of the year. Picture: PA

Millar is to retire from cycling at the end of the year. Picture: PA

SCOTTISH cyclist David Millar has confirmed he plans to retire at the end of the 2014 season.

The Scot confirmed his decision in a video interview given to Dutch cycling magazine Wieler Revue. He is expected to take part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

The 36-year-old has won four Tour de France stages during a 16-year career that will also be remembered for a two-year suspension incurred for the taking of banned substances.

Millar was found guilty of taking the blood-boosting erythropoietin (EPO) but since his return to competitive racing has won a silver medal at the World Time Trial championships and become an ardent anti-drugs campaigner.

“It has been quite organic really. You always think it is going to be a definitive moment, but it hasn’t. It has kind of crept up and I am suddenly realising it is time,” Millar said of his decision,

“I think my body is actually getting stronger. It is just I don’t want it or need it as much as I once did. It is very much a conscious decision.

“I can still be on top of the game - I know that - but it is a lot harder for me now and I want to be on top of my game next year, so I know I can get that out of me. With the motivation of knowing it is my last year, I know I can get the best out of myself.”

In addition to his four Tour stage wins, Millar has also won stages at the Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d’Italia.

 

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