Sir Chris Hoy insists he will give David Millar his 100% backing for the Olympics but still believes there should be tougher sanctions for doping offences.
Millar has been selected for the initial eight-man squad for the men's road race - he became eligible last month after the British Olympic Association were forced to drop their lifetime ban for doping offenders.
The 35-year-old was banned for two years in 2004 after admitting to taking the blood-boosting agent EPO, since when he was become a leading campaigner against drugs.
Four-times gold medallist Hoy had supported the lifetime ban, but when asked about Millar's inclusion today stressed his backing.
Hoy said: "I will 100% be standing behind whoever is part of the team. I'm comfortable with whoever is selected because they are eligible for the team, it has never been about individual athletes.
"For me it's been about the future and having a meaningful deterrent against people thinking about taking drugs.
"Someone could be sitting thinking about Rio as a target and thinking it's a risk worth taking as they could test positive, be banned and come back in time."
Millar's actual participation in the London Games has yet to be guaranteed - the eight-man squad will be reduced to a five-man team by June 29.
British Cycling's performance director Dave Brailsford admitted he had considered, and would continue to do so, whether the possible interest surrounding Millar could be a negative influence on the team.
Brailsford said: "For sure - as a selector you say 'let's have a look at the physical ability of everybody and then what impact will they have on the group dynamic'.
"After the Wimbledon final the gaze of the media will switch to the Games and one of the stories people could focus on is Dave participating in the first event on the first day.
"It would be remiss not to consider whether that would have a negative impact on the group dynamic or on themselves. You could argue that it could be such an emotional environment and challenging thing for Dave to go through that he might not cope with the whole thing, who knows?
"It's evolving. At this moment in time he's on the shortlist. We still have to choose the five."
It would be a surprise if Millar were not chosen however - Mark Cavendish, whom Millar would support in his quest for gold, has already stated his desire to see him as part of the team.
Brailsford also said the cycling team has special responsibilities as hosts.
He added: "This is the third Olympic team I have selected and normally we are very focused about winning, and ruthlessly winning.
"But on this occasion there is a different dimension to it being host nation and it has made the selection committee think a little bit more about it.
"It is the first time we have ever picked a team for a home Olympics. The added dimension of the home Games does make this different and while we are focused on winning I do think the team has to take on a broader aspect for this Games, we want the nation to be proud of this Games and Britain's competitors.
"Although all of the riders will fight tooth and nail to win it's very important we do it in a fair-play way, in the right way without cheating and welcome our competitors. I think we would like people to be proud of us."
The cycling team announced by Brailsford has a number of members who have had strong differences of opinion in the past, but he said it was important those did not affect the team.
He said: "The team is like a family and we are going to have our squabbles and differences, and a family pulls together and it's important that we do come together under the Union Jack."