Millar calls for UCI changes

The Bolton News: David Millar feels there must be a shake-up at the UCI following the Lance Armstrong revelations David Millar feels there must be a shake-up at the UCI following the Lance Armstrong revelations

Change should be forced upon the International Cycling Union in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping revelations, British cyclist David Millar has insisted.

The UCI has ratified the sanctions recommended by the United States Anti-doping Agency, stripping the disgraced cyclist of his seven Tour de France titles and banning him for life. The governing body has been heavily criticised for its perceived failures in tackling the use of performance-enhancing drugs, but president Pat McQuaid insisted he would not be resigning.

Millar, who describes himself as an "ex-doper" but is now on the World Anti-doping Agency's athletes' commission, said on the BBC Sport website: "Regarding the UCI, there needs to be change. Some will not resign, so they will have to be removed. If they don't and there isn't a change then it would have to be forced upon them."

He added: "Should UCI president Pat McQuaid resign? I don't know. He has to distance himself from former UCI chief Hein Verbruggen and accept the past. We have to get rid of Verbruggen as honorary president.

"He has to show some true innovative steps for moving forward - that would be a big shift. If we want the sport to change we have to help it change within the structure it is in for the time being."

Millar agreed with the UCI that Armstrong "does not have a place in cycling", but warned trying to forget him could lead to the mistakes of the past being repeated.

"If we wipe the slate clean then there is a strong chance we will end up in the same position in 10 to 15 years' time," he said.

Millar, who was banned in 2004 for taking blood-booster EPO, admitted he doubts whether Armstrong would ever admit his guilt.

He said: "I do think that Lance should come clean, but I also know Lance and the sheer scale of what that would represent for him.

"He has had a decade of libel cases and he might even go to jail. It has got so big it might be very complex for him. It is simply not a case of coming clean just to clear his conscience. He would have to do it tactically."

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