Controversy has swirled around the tussle between the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and the British Olympic Committee (BOC) about the eligibility of athletes for the summer Olympics who have either tested positive or admitted to banned substances. WADA challenged the life-time ban that BOC imposes and when it went to arbitration, the life-time ban was ruled out of order.
This leaves cycling star David Millar eligible to contend for a spot on the five man road race team. Millar is usually partnered with Mark Cavendish as his lead out man in sprints. Millar admitted to using banned substances in 2004 and served a suspension then.
The Cavendish/Millar team has been very successful in professional road races with several stage wins for Millar in the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a Espana, Tour de France and national championships. Cavendish has earned the title “Fastest Man in the World” for his energy bursting stage finishes – 20 stage wins in the TDF alone. The man from Man has also chalked up World Championships in 2011. If the two teammates are chosen for the British Olympic Team, they will be hard to beat.
This year the two cyclists will be riding for competing professional teams: David Millar for Garmin-Barracuda, Mark Cavendish for Team Sky.