David Millar announces 2014 retirement

Experienced British cyclist David Millar announces his intention to retire at the end of the 2014 season.

British cyclist David Millar has announced that he will be retiring at the end of next season.

The 36-year-old, who has won four stages at the Tour de France during his 16 years as a professional, has admitted that his passion for riding has dropped in recent times.

He will continue to represent Garmin-Sharp until the conclusion of 2014, and Millar is hoping that setting a deadline on his career will motivate him to have a successful final campaign.

"It has been quite organic really," he told Wieler Revue. "You always think it is going to be a definitive moment, but it hasn't. It has kind of crept up and I am suddenly realising it is time.

"I think my body is actually getting stronger. It is just I don't want it or need it as much as I once did. It is very much a conscious decision.

"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, so I know I can get that out of me. With the motivation of knowing it is my last year, I know I can get the best out of myself."

Millar confessed in 2004 to using banned substance EPO, but, after serving a two-year ban, has since became a vocal campaigner for clean cycling.

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