David Millar Factfile

David Millar Factfile

Last Updated: 30/04/12 4:41pm

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David Millar: Riding for GB with Mark Cavendish

David Millar: Riding for GB with Mark Cavendish

With the news that the BOA lifetime Olympic ban has been overturned, we look at the factfile for cyclist David Millar, who can now compete for Team GB at London 2012.

David Millar

1977: Born on January 4, Mtarfa, Malta.

1997: Turns professional, joining the Cofidis team. Wins the Tour de L'Avenir prologue and is the winner of the young riders' classification in the Mi-Aout Breton.

1998: Wins the time trial in the Three Days of De Panne and goes on to take two time-trial stages in the Tour de L'Avenir.

1999: Is the winner of the Manx International race before taking second place in the Criterium International.
Finishes third in the Tour of Vendee and takes fourth spot in the GP Chiasso. Takes the King of the Mountains jersey and is fourth overall in the Tour of Valencia.

2000: Comes home ninth in the Route de Sud and is again second in the Criterium International.
Wins the prologue on his Tour de France debut and wears the race leader's yellow jersey for three days.
Finished 16th in the 2000 Sydney Olympics time-trial.

2001: Wins the Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe and is second in the Paris-Camembert before coming fourth in the Tour de Picardie.
Wins the Tour of Denmark.
Takes the prologue and wins the sixth stage in the Vuelta a Espana.
Wins the silver medal in the time trial at the world championships.

2002: Second overall in the Clasica de Alcobendas.
Wins his first stage proper in the Tour de France - beating Dutch rider Michael Boogerd to the line on Stage 13.

2003: Wins third Tour de France stage.
Wins Stage 20 in the Vuelta a Espana.
Wins time-trial at world championships in Hamilton.

2004: January - French police begin investigation into drugs use among Cofidis staff, after former rider Marek Rutkiewicz is arrested in possession of banned substance.
April 9 - Extracts from police interviews - including claims from former team-mate Philippe Gaumont that Millar and other Cofidis riders used doping products - are published in French newspaper L'Equipe.
April 10 - Cofidis respond by suspending operations, pulling Millar out of Manchester leg of the track world cup.
May - Cofidis return to competition after announcing strict anti-doping procedures, including hair tests.
June 22 - Millar is detained by police for questioning for 48 hours in relation to drugs investigation.
June 25 - The day after Millar is released, French media claim Millar admitted to taking EPO.
June 28 - Cofidis confirm Millar has been dropped from Tour de France team.
July 1 - Placed under formal investigation for possession of banned substances.
August 4 - Receives a two-year ban from cycling after admitting to doping offences. Also stripped of his 2003 world time-trial title and fined approximately #900 for taking banned drug EPO.

David Millar in action

2005: January 24 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport hear Millar's appeal against his suspension.
February 17 - Court of Arbitration for Sport announce the two-year ban must stand but concur with Millar that the suspension should have begun on June 24 2004 rather than August 6 2004.

2006: September - Selected for the British team for the UCI World Championships Road Race in Salzburg. Finishes 15th in the time-trial event.
October - Wins individual pursuit title at the British National Track Championships.

2007: March - First in Paris-Nice prologue.
August - Wins road race at British national championships in Abergavenny.
September - Wins road time-trial event at British championships.

2008: February - Second overall at the Tour of California.
May - Is a member of the victorious Team Garmin-Slipstream team time-trial-winning squad at the Giro d'Italia.

2009: September - Wins stage 20 of the Vuelta a Espana.
December - Given green light to compete for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi following a decision by Commonwealth Games Scotland.

2010: March 28 - Wins final individual time-trial stage of the Criterium International in Corsica.
April 1 - Claims overall victory in the Three Days of De Panne race in Belgium, securing the win by triumphing in the final time-trial.
September 30 - Matches his best clean placing at the Men's World Time-Trial Championships by finishing second in Geelong.
October 10 - Wins the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games time-trial in Delhi, three days after taking bronze in the road race.

2011: May 9 - Assumes the race lead of the Giro d'Italia to become the first British rider to wear the leader's jersey in all three Grand Tours. However, the event was overshadowed by the tragic death of Wouter Weylandt.
May 29 - Wins Stage 21 of the Giro d'Italia to become only the third British rider - after Robert Millar and Mark Cavendish - to claim victories in all three Grand Tours.
July 3 - A key member of the Garmin-Cervelo squad which won the team-time trial at the Tour de France.
September - Captains the Great Britain team in the World Championships road race that Cavendish wins, becoming the second British winner and first since Tom Simpson in 1965.

2012: March 23 - Fractures collarbone in the E3 Harelbeke one-day race in Belgium.

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