David Millar

1977 -

Competitive cyclist at the centre of a doping scandal. Born in Valetta (Malta), the son of a Scottish Royal Air Force pilot, Millar was raised in Forres (Moray), England and Hong Kong. He moved to France at the age of 17 and turned professional two years later. He won the Prologue of the Tour de France in 2000, holding the prized yellow jersey for winning stages in 2000, 2002 and 2003. He has also had success in the Tour of Spain (Vuelta a Espana) and in time trials. Despite speaking out against the use of drugs, a crash and over-extending himself in 2001 led to him taking the blood-enriching hormone Erythropoietin, an established practice amongst many of his team-mates. This brought a police raid on his French home, criminal charges and a two-year ban from his sport.

Following his ban, he joined the Spanish team Saunier Duval and moved to Biarritz and found further success.

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