Wiggins: Millar Olympic ban right

Bradley Wiggins says there are legitimate moral reasons why fellow Briton David Millar should not be allowed to race at London 2012.  Wiggins said:

“From a purely selfish point of view, it would be great to have Dave on the start line.  Sometimes we speak very selfishly really and it’s easy to bury your head in the sand and forget about everything else.  To have Dave in the team purely from a performance point of view, it would be fantastic for Mark [Cavendish in terms of] trying to win the Olympic Road Race.  It would take the pressure off me having to do a massive job, because I can think about the time trial.

But from a moral point of view, from what cycling is trying to achieve, from what cycling’s been through the last few years, for what the Olympics stand for, he should never be able to do the Olympics again.  The fact that we’re still talking about it almost nine [actually eight] years after Dave first got banned for it shows how behind the times perhaps we are.  If there’s an inkling that someone can get back in, there’s already a fault in the system.”


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