Millar given Olympic nod
David Millar has been named in Team GB's cycling squad for this summer's Olympics in London.
Last Updated: 13/06/12 5:06pm
David Millar has been named in Team GB's cycling squad for the London Olympics alongside the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.
Millar served a two-year suspension in 2004 after admitting to use of the banned blood booster EPO but was made eligible for selection due to a recent ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
He is one of eight riders in the men's road squad long list but is favoured to take one of the five spots that are available when the final team is named for the July 28 road race.
Road race gold medal hope Cavendish is named in the squad alongside Tour de France contender Wiggins, who is set to be one of the favourites for the time trial.
In the track squad, Philip Hindes has been given the nod ahead of Ross Edgar and Matt Crampton to fill the troublesome 'man one' position in the men's team sprint.
Defending champion Nicole Cooke is among the women's group on the road, while on the track Pendleton headlines a six-strong group of riders.
The men's mountain bike place has gone to Liam Killeen, who has recorded top-10 finishes at the last two Games, while Annie Last takes the women's place.
British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford said: "We have selected what I believe to be an excellent team going into an Olympic Games and we have a good mix of experienced Olympians alongside young riders who are making their Olympic debut.
"We still have some decisions to make, for example, the road teams will be refined in due course and who will ride in what event on the track will be determined nearer the time.
"Overall, though, the GB Cycling Team has had a strong season across all the disciplines and we are ready to step up again at the Olympics."
There is still uncertainty over whether Hoy or Kenny will be given the one place available for the men's individual sprint, the former being the defending champion but the latter performing better at the World Championships in April.
Hoy said: "The standard in the British Cycling team is so high and the selection process is always going to be tough, but there's a great atmosphere in the team and we just need to keep putting in the hours in training and make sure we're in the best shape possible for race day.
"This is my fourth Olympics, but my first home Games, and it's going to be an amazing experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us."
Hoy also insisted he will give Millar his 100% backing for the Olympics - but still believes there should be tougher sanctions for doping offences.
Hoy said: "I will 100% be standing behind whoever is part of the team. I'm comfortable with whoever is selected because they are eligible for the team, it has never been about individual athletes.
"For me it's been about the future and having a meaningful deterrent against people thinking about taking drugs.
"Someone could be sitting thinking about Rio as a target and thinking it's a risk worth taking as they could test positive, be banned and come back in time."
Great Britain cycling squad:
Sprint: Philip Hindes, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Victoria Pendleton, Jessica Varnish.
Endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Andy Tennant, Geraint Thomas, Wendy Houvenaghel, Dani King, Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell.
Men (five to be selected): Mark Cavendish, Steven Cummings, Chris Froome, Jeremy Hunt, David Millar, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift, Bradley Wiggins.
Women (four to be selected): Lizzie Armitstead, Nicole Cooke, Katie Colclough, Sharon Laws, Lucy Martin, Emma Pooley.
Liam Phillips, Shanaze Reade
Liam Killeen, Annie Last