Brailsford will pick Millar for Olympics if British cyclist is cleared to compete
11:55 GMT, 20 April 2012
British Cycling's performance director Dave Brailsford is ready to pick David Millar for London 2012 if the British Olympic Association lose their battle over a lifetime ban for drugs cheats.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will deliver a ruling next week which is expected to bring the BOA in line with the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA).
That would clear Millar, who was handed a two-year ban for taking EPO in 2004, and sprinter Dwain Chambers to compete at this summer's Olympic Games.
In the clear: David Millar could be available to represent GB in London
Brailsford backs the idea of a consistent global anti-doping policy and he also wants lifetime bans for pre-meditated drug cheats.
But if Millar, who was fundamental to Mark Cavendish winning the 2011 world championships, is available then he would be in contention for selection.
'My job is to pick the fastest team, the best team that can win that race in London,' said.
'It is not my job to decide if somebody is eligible or not.
'I will get shown a list of people who are eligible, then I will look at performance and decide who is most likely to get the result and I will pick them.'
Brailsford hailed Millar as Britain's 'captain on the road' after he masterminded Cavendish's historic victory in Copenhagen last September.
Millar has previously stated he would not be interested in competing at the Olympics as a 'black sheep'.
Second chance: Dwain Chambers (centre) is also likely to compete
British IOC member Sir Craig Reedie believes the BOA 'hold the moral high ground' in imposing lifetime Olympic bans and he had hoped it would be used as a launchpad to change the WADA code.
Senior figures within the BOA have confirmed they are preparing for CAS to rule their stance as 'non-compliant'.
Brailsford does not disagree with WADA establishing a consistent code but he wants the sanctions for drug cheats to be strengthened radically from the current mandatory two-year ban.
'I think WADA is important and a global consistency is important,' Brailsford said.
'If we get consistency then we need to look at the sanctions and I think they need to become more severe. I would, without a doubt, try and encourage WADA to review their sanctions.
'I think you could categorise doping offences. You (could) have the A category, which (would be) a lifetime ban.
He's my man: Dave Brailsford would welcome Millar's inclusion in Team GB
'If you go to the extent of blood doping and buying EPO it is so pre-meditated, you are not doing it for any other reason than to cheat.
'For me that is a life ban. You know what you are doing, you took the risks, you got caught, you are out of the sport.
'Then I'd have a B category of six years which may be for contaminates or the misuse of certain substances.
'Then I'd have a C category for minor infringements, which could be discretionary.'
Brailsford is planning a twin assault on cycling success in 2012 – the Olympics with the national team and the Tour de France with the professional Team Sky.
Next week, Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins will race together for Team Sky for the first time in the Tour de Romandie.
'It is exciting,' Brailsford said at the launch of Team Sky's new three-year partnership with Jaguar.
'Bradley has just come off an altitude training camp, he is going very well at the moment. He is great shape.
'The Tour de Romandie is a hilly race. We will go to try and win the overall race and Mark will compete in the couple of sprint stages.'