Millar questioned by French police
Wednesday, June 23, 2004 11.00pm
David Millar is the latest member of the Cofidis team to be questioned as part of the Nanterre dopin
World time trial champion David Millar is currently (Thursday) being questioned by French police in connection with the investigation into alleged doping at his Cofidis team. Millar was taken away for questioning at 8pm on Tuesday evening while dining with friends at the Blue Cargo restaurant in Biarritz, France, but police insist that he was taken into custody as a witness, at the request of the investigative magistrate Richard Pallain, and not as a suspect. The Scot's agent and sister Frances confirmed to procycling today that he was arrested as a witness, and that the police have 48 hours to question him as part of their investigation into the Cofidis affair. Millar is expected to be released at 8pm CET tonight (Thursday), but may then be taken to Paris to be interviewed by Pallain. "It's standard procedure," said Frances Millar. "We knew it would happen, but David's done nothing wrong. These are serious allegations, but we didn't think they would wait for four months before talking to him, with just a week to go before the Tour starts." Millar's French Cofidis squad pulled out of competition between April 9 and May 5 this year whilst an internal investigation was carried out by Cofidis boss Francois Migraine. This followed allegations from former Cofidis rider Philippe Gaumont that members of the team used banned substances.
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