David Millar is now the poster child for clean cycling. Two years ago his flat was raided and phials of EPO found. Britian's time trial specialist nose-dived but has come back clean and ready to urge other athletes to go drug-free for the good of themselves, and cycling.
Watching the Tour last year on TV last year, Millar regretted his actions, he said at a pre-Tour press conference:
"It was like seeing it from the eyes of a child. That's when I realised the opportunity I'd had, and how I wasted it. It is a beautiful sport despite everything and I have been blessed with a talent. I just had to ride again."
"I made a lot of mistakes, I cheated, I lied. But I am the one who has to live with that. I am the one with regrets. I have learnt that you have to lose everything before you can gain something. I want people to know I am doing this 100 per cent clean. It could take years for people to believe me. But I want what happened to me to be a positive story.
"I hope the message I can send out is that you can win the biggest races in cycling without doping."
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