Millar urges a cleaner sport for future generations

12th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France, March 12, 2007 (AFP) - Britain's David Millar, who won the opening 4.7km prologue of the Paris-Nice here on Sunday, said doping problems needed to be resolved to save the sport for future generations.

ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France, March 12, 2007 (AFP) - Britain's David Millar, who won the opening 4.7km prologue of the Paris-Nice here on Sunday, said doping problems needed to be resolved to save the sport for future generations.

The 30-year-old Scot, who returned from a two-year drugs ban in June 2006 after admitting to using banned blood-booster EPO, said he wanted to help fight drug use as he was to get back to the pinnacle of the sport in five years.

"I want to be an example to young people," he said after winning on the streets of the south west Paris suburb. "I want to talk to them so they know they don't need syringes to win.

"There is so much work to do in cycling at all levels, and not just getting rid of doping."

The Saunier Duval rider finished one second ahead of young Czech racer Roman Kreuziger, with France's Sebastien Joly taking third two seconds back, to claim his second victory since his return to racing having last won a time trial at last year's Tour of Spain.

The leading trio were followed by three of the favourites for overall victory, Spain's Luis Sanchez and Alberto Contador, followed by American Levi Leipheimer.

Millar added: "We have some difficult years ahead of us but these problems need to be sorted out for future generations."

He admitted he was completely drug-free and, in his determination to ensure to persuade any detractors he appeared at an anti-doping conference last week when asked to do so by the British government.

Millar, who won the 2000 prologue at the Tour de France, is now hoping he can repeat this prologue victory on the streets of London later this year when the world's biggest race clicks into gear there on July 7.

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