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Last Updated: Monday, 1 December, 2003, 19:43 GMT
Millar eyes track glory
David Millar
Time-trial world champion David Millar is considering competing in a track event at the Olympics next year.

Millar is more associated with outdoor racing and is set to take part in the time-trial event in Athens.

In October, he won the time trial at the World Championships to add to stage victories at the Tour de France and Tour de Spain.

"We 're thinking seriously of putting me in the 4,000m pursuit as well," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

"I have all the physical attributes to be the best at it but I've never even raced it.

This is a personal thing - I really want this gold medal
David Millar on the Olympics
"There's a strong possibility at the moment."

Although Britain already has a world champion at the 4,000m pursuit - London's Bradley Wiggins - Millar believes he has the support to make a go of it.

"It's going to take a lot of work but I'm lucky that the GB cycling team is incredibly professional and has all the experience, and I'll be working with guys that have already worked with (1992 Olympic champion) Chris Boardman.

"We've got the strength in depth of back-up staff and they're doing everything they can to persuade me to give it a go."

The Maltese-born Scot, who has been training in Manchester this week, is still basking in the delight of winning the time trial at the World Championship in Hamilton, Canada.

"I had one specific goal over the last three months of this year and it was the World Championship time trial, which is in certain respects how I'll be treating the Olympics next year.

"It's given me a lot of confidence in how I'll prepare for next year."

He is hoping for a repeat of his Hamilton victory in Athens despite the fact that Germany's Jan Ullrich and five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong could be among his opponents.

Both were absent from Hamilton but Millar is confident he would have beaten them anyway after a near-perfect ride saw him finish well over a minute ahead of Australian silver-medallist Michael Rogers.

"It's not a problem, the Olympics will give me a chance to set that straight," he said.

In cycling circles, the Olympics are not as big as the Tour de France, but Millar is determined to claim success in Athens.

"It's always a bit of an anti-climax going to the Olympics because there are not so many people around and it's so spread out but this is a personal thing - I really want this gold medal."

David Millar
"I've never competed in the pursuit so it's a bit of a long shot"

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