Cyclist Millar suspended two years by British federation

(LONDON, Eng. August 6, 2004) -- British cyclist David Millar was suspended for two years by the British Cycling Federation on Wednesday for a doping offense.

An independent disciplinary panel imposed the suspension and took away his 2003 world-time trial title, according to a statement by the federation.

He was also fined $1,600. French police raided Millar's home in Biarritz, France, in late June as part of a doping investigation into his pro team, Cofidis, and found two used syringes.

Millar, 27, told a French judge he used the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO on three separate occasions, once in 2001 and twice in 2003.

Millar was barred from this summer's Tour de France and suspended by the his cycling federation.

He also withdrew from the British Olympic team. Millar can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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