Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar

Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar

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By (author) David Millar

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  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 30mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 16 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1409134415
  • ISBN 13: 9781409134411
  • Illustrations note: 40
  • Sales rank: 50,032

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By his 18th 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 with the Cofidis team, who had one Lance Armstrong on their books. He perhaps lived the high life a little too enthusiastically -- high on a roof after too much drink , he broke his heel in a fall, 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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David Millar was born in Malta in 1977. He was 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: the Secret Life of the Tour de France was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2008. He writes on cycling for The Times, Financial Times and L'Equipe. He has known David Millar for 15 years