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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 July, 2004, 08:31 GMT 09:31 UK
Millar eyes example role
British cyclist David Millar
Millar could be banned for two years or more for doping
Disgraced world champion David Millar says he hopes he will be allowed to work with the cycling authorities to warn against the dangers of doping.

Millar, who has been sacked by his Cofidis team, faces a minimum two-year ban after he confessed to taking the stamina-boosting drug EPO.

"I made mistakes and am ready to learn. I'd like to explain the dangers to young riders," he told the Guardian.

"I am someone who can give reasons why cyclists should not take drugs."

The 27-year-old acknowledges what he has done, and says he is keen that other people in the sport can benefit from the mistakes he made.

"I want to show how I got round the system and I'm willing to work with the International Cycling Union and British Cycling Federation," he said.

"I think it's the one thing I can do."

The vital evidence that led to Millar's downfall was the discovery by police of a pair of syringes which he used to inject himself before the world championship in October 2003.

He said the experience of winning on drugs had "scarred" him and he had kept them to remind himself of how far he had compromised his principles.

"I had got to a point where I had wanted to win so much that to guarantee my victory I did something I didn't need to do. I didn't want to forget about it," he said.

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