“You have quite a lot of time to think when you’re out there for 226km,” said David Millar after winning the 12th stage of the Tour de France on Friday the 13th 2012 – the 40th anniversary of Tom Simpson’s death. It’s a great time for British cycling and Millar is one of the true ambassadors who doesn’t hide from his past. “We’ve got a world champion,” he said of the five-man team that was due to form for the London Olympic road race, “we’ve got Brad who is going to win [the Tour]. We’ve got Chris also there – who is Brad’s biggest threat, his team-mate. If you said this 10 years ago, I wouldn’t have believed you. I’d have thought you were just crazy.
“It’s particularly poignant that it’s today,” said Millar of what he said was the biggest win of his career. “It’s kind of a full-circle in a way. I’m an ex-doper and I’m very proud of where our sport is today and what we’ve done to change it… we mustn’t forget the past. I’m one of the people that made mistakes and I want people to know that I am clean now and the sport is a different sport. And I think we should be very proud of it.”
[Click the link below to hear what Millar had to say in Annonay.][audio:https://www.ridemedia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/david-millar-annonay.mp3|titles=david-millar-annonay]
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