Scot cyclist Millar held in French doping probe

24th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

BIARRITZ, France, June 24 (AFP) - World time trial champion and Olympic hopeful David Millar of Britain has been detained here on a warrant issued by a Paris examining magistrate investigating doping in cycling, police sources said Thursday.

BIARRITZ, France, June 24 (AFP) - World time trial champion and Olympic hopeful David Millar of Britain has been detained here on a warrant issued by a Paris examining magistrate investigating doping in cycling, police sources said Thursday.

The 27-year-old Scot was taken into custody on Tuesday night while he was dining at a Biarritz restaurant. He was still being questioned Thursday, the police source said.

Millar, world time trial champion in the road event, hopes to race at the Athens Olympics both on the road and track - in the individual pursuit.

Millar's Cofidis team has been under investigation since January when seven people were charged - including riders Philippe Gaumont, Robert Sassone, Mederic Clain, Marek Rutkiewicz and Daniel Majewski, all of whom have been sacked or had already left the team.

The team's former physio, Boguslaw Madejak, and an ex-manager of their third division team, Oleg Kozlitine, have also been sacked after the Paris judge pressed charges.

Cofidis suspended all competition for their road team from April 9 to May 5, depriving Millar of making his World Cup track debut in Manchester which he had hoped to use as vital training for the Athens Olympics.

© AFP

Subject: French news

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