Lifting a controversial ban opens the door for Garmin-Barracuda time trial specialist David Millar(previously suspended EPO blood doper), to compete in front of his home nation.
The British Olympic Association (BOA) had a longstanding rule that dopers were banned for life from representing the country during the Olympics.
I understand why the BOA would have a lifetime ban in place, but am glad it was lifted in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Since returning from a two-year doping ban in 2006, Millar became an outspoken critic of blood doping in cycling, and has been cooperative and open about his previous use.
The 35-year-old will have a chance to possibly ride for the British road team, and would be called upon to help pull back any breakaways.
Here is the British cycling Olympic long list:
Just five riders will be chosen, and that selection will take place on June 29, before the start of the 2012 Tour de France.
Famous Scottish track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy supported the lifetime ban, but said he’ll fully support anyone chosen for the team.
Here is what he had to say to British media:
“I will 100% be standing behind whoever is part of the team. I’m comfortable with whoever is selected because they are eligible for the team, it has never been about individual athletes. For me it’s been about the future and having a meaningful deterrent against people thinking about taking drugs. Someone could be sitting thinking about Rio as a target and thinking it’s a risk worth taking as they could test positive, be banned and come back in time.”