Millar takes British pursuit title

David Millar show his versatility by bagging the British individual pursuit title, and reveals that

David Millar show his versatility by bagging the British individual pursuit title, and reveals that

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David Millar demonstrated his huge potential on the track when he won the 4,000-metre pursuit title at the UK track championships in Manchester on Wednesday night. Millar was the second-fastest qualifier in the event, and beat reigning Commonwealth Games champion Paul Manning by three seconds in the final, recording a world class time of 4-22.322.

Millar, who has done very little training on the track this season and went out for a two-hour training ride on the road in the morning, has been working closely with the coaching staff in Manchester, and now lives just to the east of the city. Although he cannot compete in the Olympic Games for Britain following his two-year ban for doping, he is eligible for world championship and other major track events and would certainly be a major asset to the British team, assuming there was no conflict with his commitments on the road.

"I wanted to come to Manchester, enjoy myself and give it a shot. I am delighted with a national track title, it has always been an ambition," Millar told The Daily Telegraph. "As for the ban, they are the regulations at the moment and I have to abide by them. I am a recovering doping cheat, I am not exactly in a position to argue. I am getting my head and career back together at the moment but in time I might consider challenging that regulation."

He added: "I am just enjoying the moment now. It's been a long haul since my return in the Tour de France but I feel I will start on equal terms with everybody next season and I am very hopeful of finishing my road season with something very good at the Tour of Lombardy a week on Saturday. It's a race that Tommy Simpson once won and it would be nice to see another Briton do well."

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