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

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

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The SUNDAY TIMES bestselling memoir from the Tour de France cyclist who lifts the lid on his drug use and return to sport.By 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Autobiography: sport
  • ISBN: 9781409120384

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Ever since I saw David Millar win the prologue in the Tour I have followed his career. Back then, unlike now, there was little British involvement for us armchair racers to get behind so he was the obvious rider to support for us Brits. I was very disappointed in him when he was exposed as a doper. I knew doping in cycling was bad, the Festina affair had clearly shown that, but it wasn't until I read this book that the depth of doping, the attitude of the teams towards it and the pressure on the riders to constantly produces results or get fired opened my eyes to just how bad it had been.This book should be read by anyone who follows professional road racing.Great read.