Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Amore & Vita throws Millar a lifeline

David Millar, who was sacked this week by the Cofidis team after admitting taking the banned drug EPO and may be stripped of his time-trial world championship as a consequence, could be given a chance to ride for the Italian Amore & Vita team. "I'm willing to help Millar - and the Amore & Vita-Beretta team is ready to take him on - just as I did with Spanish rider Jesus Manzano earlier this year when he confessed to a Spanish newspaper," said team manager Ivano Fanini in Lucca, Italy. "He (Millar) is only 27 and is a talented rider who has won a world title and stages at the Tour de

Don't miss a moment from Paris-Roubaix and Unbound Gravel, to the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España, and everything in between when you join Outside+.

By Reuters

David Millar, who was sacked this week by the Cofidis team after admitting taking the banned drug EPO and may be stripped of his time-trial world championship as a consequence, could be given a chance to ride for the Italian Amore & Vita team.

“I’m willing to help Millar – and the Amore & Vita-Beretta team is ready to take him on – just as I did with Spanish rider Jesus Manzano earlier this year when he confessed to a Spanish newspaper,” said team manager Ivano Fanini in Lucca, Italy.

“He (Millar) is only 27 and is a talented rider who has won a world title and stages at the Tour de France, and not just with the help of doping.

“The Cofidis team has sacked him, and perhaps the UCI (International Cycling Union) will take away his world time trial title, but that would be unfair. Riders who confess what they’ve done should be helped and convinced to speak up, not punished.”

Fanini is a devout Catholic whose team, named Love and Life in a stand against abortion, has an audience with the pope every spring. In recent years he has fought against doping in cycling and is convinced he can help Millar make a clean start.

“By confessing how he cheated he’s shown that he’s a real man,” said Fanini. “With us he could rediscover the real values of cycling. I’ve already spoken to his sister, who acts as his manager, and I’ve invited him to Italy.”

“He’s in a difficult situation, and so it won’t be easy, but I hope I can convince him to join my team, where he would find two other British riders, Tom Southam and Jamie Burrow. With us I’m sure he can find the motivation to make a clean start.”

Millar’s sister Fran told Reuters she would tell him about Fanini’s offer but said it would be difficult for her brother to race for the Amore & Vita team in the near future because he is temporarily suspended by the British Cycling Federation.

Millar faces a ban after the Scot admitted taking the banned drug erythropoietin, an endurance booster, in 2001 and 2003.