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    DescriptionBy his eighteenth birthday David Millar was living and racing in France, sleeping in rented rooms, tipped to be the next English-speaking Tour winner. A year later he'd realised the dream and signed a professional contract. He perhaps lived the high life a little too enthusiastically - he broke his heel in a fall from a roof after too much drink, and before long the pressure to succeed had tipped over into doping. Here, in a full and frank autobiography, David Millar recounts the story from the inside: he doped because 'cycling's drug culture was like white noise', and because of peer pressure. 'I doped for money and glory in order to guarantee the continuation of my status.' Five years on from his arrest, Millar is clean and reflective, and holds nothing back in this account of his dark years.


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    Title
    Racing Through the Dark
    Subtitle
    The Fall and Rise of David Millar
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Millar
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 299 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781409120384
    ISBN 10: 1409120384
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGSA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4A
    BIC subject category V2: WSQ
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000, SPO011000
    DC23: 796.62092
    Thema V1.0: SMQ, DNBS1
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    28 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    David Millar was born in Malta in 1977. He has won stages of the Tour de France and Tour of Spain. He is now a part-owner of the Garmin-Chipotle team and a key figure of the World Anti-doping Agency's athletes committee. Jeremy Whittle's BAD BLOOD was shortlisted for the WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD in 2008. He writes on cycling for THE TIMES, FINANCIAL TIMES and L'EQUIPE. He has known David Millar for fifteen years.
    Review quote
    Millar is never less than candid in a memoir that is part confessional, part catharsis. THE SCOTSMAN His description of that agonising 2010 mountain stage, during which he scoured the depths of his soul while falling helplessly behind the rest of the field, deserves to stand among the great first-person accounts of sporting experience. -- Richard Williams THE GUARDIAN His career almost destroyed by a doping scandal in 2004, the cycling champion faces his demons in this eloquent and revelatory memoir. Millar's gutsy slog to restore his reputation is inspirational. THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH SEVEN Magazine This is the superbly narrated story of one man's evolution from talented ingenue to disillusioned doper and back again... one of the very best snapshots of professional cycling in the noughties. OUTDOOR FITNESS Highly articulate, Millar has written a courageously combative book that both exposes the conditions that create drug cheating and explains how his sport has to confront those conditions if it is to break from this most murky of pasts. -- Mark Perryman PHILOSOPHY FOOTBALL The thoughtful British doper-turned-campaigner delivers an eloquent, highly rated memoir about life in troubled peloton. -- Simon Usborne THE INDEPENDENT