David Millar has launched a bid to become the next president of the pro cyclists;’ union, the CPA (Cyclistes Professionnels Associés).
The 41-year-old, who retired from racing in 2014, has since launched his own clothing line and is an insightful pundit for ITV on the Tour de France.
The four-time Tour de France stage winner was banned for two years in 2004, and stripped of his world time trial championship win, for doping after a police raid on his flat in Biarritz discovered syringes containing traces of EPO.
Millar, who was riding for the French team Cofidis at the time, returned to the sport in 2006 with Saunier-Duval then joined Garmin-Sharp in 2008, the team with which he would ride for the rest of his career.
A winner of stages at all three Grand Tours – and wearers of the leader’s jersey at all of them, including on an emotional day at the 2011 Giro d’Italia the day after Wouter Weylandt’s death – Millar sat on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athlete panel for several years.
Speaking of his candidacy for the top post at the CPA, which will be voted upon at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck later this month, Millar said: “Cycling is the most beautiful sport in the world, and the racers are the most important part of all.
“Since 1999 the CPA has represented riders’ rights – it is recognised by the UCI and the teams association, the AIGCP.
“Its role in the sport is crucial, but there is clearly much more it can do for the benefit of its constituents.
“It is time for riders to take their rightful seat at the governance table and play a meaningful role in deciding the rules of their game, and how their sport grows.”
He continued: “During my career and since my retirement as a rider, I have represented athletes at WADA, national anti-doping organisations, the UCI, and at CPA meetings.
“After discussions with riders of all nationalities in the peloton I know there is a demand – and now an opportunity – to make the CPA a vibrant, positive force going forwards.
“My mission is to make the peloton the most solid and respected part of professional cycling because it’s the racers that matter. They deserve to be looked after and protected and, above all, educated,” Millar added.
Details of his manifesto can be found here.
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