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Tuesday, September 7, 2004
Aussie Rogers promoted to time trial champ

Associated Press

AIGLE, Switzerland -- Michael Rogers of Australia was awarded the 2003 time trial world title by the International Cycling Union on Tuesday after British rider David Millar decided not to appeal his drug-related disqualification.

The silver and bronze medals go to German riders Uwe Peschel and Michael Rich, respectively.

Millar was given a two-year suspension by his cycling federation after telling a French judge he used EPO. He voluntarily withdrew from the British Olympic team and was barred from this summer's Tour de France.

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 could have opted to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.