Millar to retire after 2014 season

British cyclist David Millar has announced he intends to retire at the end of the 2014 season.

The Scot, 36, has won four individual Tour de France stages and also won stages at the Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d’Italia during a 16-year career.

In 2004, he was

suspended for two years

for taking a banned substance.

“It has kind of crept up and I am suddenly realising it is time,” Millar

told the Dutch cycling magazine Wieler Revue. 

But Millar believes he is still in fine shape ahead of next season and wants one final push before quitting the sport.

“I think my body is actually getting stronger,” he said. “It is just that I don’t want it or need it as much as I once did.

“I can still be on top of the game – I know that – but it is a lot harder for me now and I want to be on top of my game next year.

“With the motivation of knowing it is my last year, I know I can get the best out of myself.”

Millar’s career was tarnished when he was found guilty of taking erythropoietin (EPO) – a drug that controls red blood cell production – but he has since become an anti-drugs campaigner after returning to cycling in 2006.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/24529061

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