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In Search of Robert Millar: Unravelling the Mystery Surrounding Britain's Most Successful Tour De France Cyclist


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`A classic bird-like climber  light ands wiry in build  Millar was the best British cyclist  all round  since Tom Simpson`. William Fotheringham `Not just a sports biography but a probing insight into the mysterious and often flawed world of pro cycling`.  `This book is by far the best cycling book that I have read bah none!`  

The compelling story of one of Britain`s best-ever cyclist`s -- one of the most enigmatic  complex and contradictory athletes in any sport -- and the unravelling of the puzzle surrounding his sudden and dramatic disappearance. Robert Millar came from one of Europe`s most industrialised cities  Glasgow  and yet excelled in the most unlikely †terrain -- over the high mountain passes of the Pyrenees and the Alps.  Crowned King of the Mountains during the 1984 Tour de France  in attitude and appearance he was unconventional -- the malnourished-looking young Scot with the tiny stud in his ear who could be prickly  irascible and unapproachable -- but to many followers he was the epitome of cool. Flying the flag for British cycling  this one-off original became a cult hero.  

In Search of Robert Millar traces his career  from his tough childhood on the streets of Glasgow in the 1960s to his move to France and success including the controversy surrounding his positive drugs test and his enforced retirement from the sport at the age of 36. It examines what set Millar apart from all other British cyclists who tried  and failed  to make an impact in this most European of sports  describing his single-mindedness  his eccentricity and the humour and intelligence that emerged only towards the end of his career.   It also proffers explanations for his subsequent disappearance  which repeated a familiar pattern: he vanished from Glasgow and never returned; he left his wife and son and his adopted country  France. Now  it appears  he has turned his back on cycling amid rumours that he had undergone a major trans-gender operation.  

Through interviews with his friends  acquaintances and cycling colleagues author Richard Moore helps to unravel the mystery of this maverick Scotsman.  

`THE HIGH LIFE` The brillant film featuring Robert Millar is available on DVD.
By: Richard Moore
Book: Paperback, 384 pages
Code: HC235025
Publishing Date: June 2008