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In Search of Robert Millar: Unravelling the Mystery Surrounding Britain's Most Successful Tour de France Cyclist Hardcover – 4 Jun 2007


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007235011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007235018
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

'..a prodigious work of research, (which)..delivers overdue illumination of a fascinating Scot'. The Glasgow Herald

"A fascinating book… Trying to piece together the Robert Millar story is a little like rummaging around the Mary Celeste but Moore has done splendidly." The Daily Telegraph

"This book is not only a very interesting study of a little-known man, but also a bible to anybody aiming to be the best in their field, a lesson in how to reach the top and the hardships and sacrifices it takes to get there." The Scotsman on Saturday

‘The definitive portrait of one of Scotland's greatest sportsmen' The Guardian on Saturday

‘Moore is a gifted writer who covers the failed drugs test, Tours de France, sex-change rumours and "escape from Scotland" with panache, culminating in a captivating e-mail exchange with the reclusive Millar.' The Times

‘There is a towering pile of cycling books building up in a corner of the Sportsbooks library, which will have to be tackled to coincide with the start of the Tour de France in London. But I want to single out a really good one before the rest of the peloton swings into sight'’ Daily Telegraph

'A fine portrait of Britain's most successful Tour de France cyclist.' 'The author's meticulous but lively book traces Millar's journey from Glasgow's tenements to the Alps and the Pyrenees, in whose company he had few peers.' The Scotsman.

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By John-paul Shirreffs on 31 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
The riddle being, the whereabouts of Robert Millar, the finest grand tour cyclist ever to come from Britain. The enigma being the contrast of Robert Millar's personas - the same man that performed so spectacularly and explosively in the arena of the high mountain passes in the biggest bike races in the world was also the man who gave monosyllabic answers to journalistic queries. In a way Robert Millar refused to provide his fans with any gratifying, instant emotional fix. Something that sits poorly with the modern confessional culture. The questions are simple enough, but Richard Moore's book `In Search of Robert Millar' takes us on a fascinating journey.

Richard Moore is a journalist, a breed that was traditionally afforded very little sympathy from the man that is Robert Millar. This is the perceived wisdom, but Moore digs deeper than that. There's no doubt that Robert Millar was a complex man and not easy to know, but when he spoke it was always something worth listening to. He never provided the usual `lazy' race analysis. He was always more pithy and constructively critical. Perhaps this is why he wrote so well once he stopped riding a bike for a living and maybe this is also why he never really made the opportunity to impart his undoubted wisdom to the British domestic racing scene.

Moore's book does a fine job of exploring the seeming contradictions of the lives of Robert Millar. He's a self professed fan of Millar the man and Millar the athlete, but this doesn't get in the way of his task, indeed it makes him research and write all the harder.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ken Swin Spruz on 4 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Richard Moore's In search of Robert Millar finally provides the myriad of Cycling fans with something that they never thought they would see; a whole book dedicated to Britain's greatest and most successful cyclist. Millar himself stated once that he had no intention of writing such a work so many assumed it would never be available; thankfully Moore does not disappoint.

He takes us through the chronology of Millar's career from his birth and life in Glasgow, to national and international cycling sensation, through to his retirement and his subsequent and complete exit from public scrutiny to being a private person with a right to lead a life free from any sort of interference, whether it be from prying journalists, the cycling world at large or his many thousands of supporters and fans who recognised in Millar an impossible dream come true, mostly an awe and simply people who would have (and indeed do) refer to him as a (their) hero.

In his introduction the author states that one of his aims is to discover Millar the person rather than just Millar the cyclist. In part he succeeds. His interviews with many of the cyclist's peers and friends give further insight into what made him a great, generous and `special' cyclist. He also reveals the more public taciturn, monosyllabic Millar as so often reported by outsiders and or certain journalists. Perhaps Moore labours too extensively on this area. Millar, as is described, had his own way of doing things and part of that was letting his legs do the talking by winning races, or coming close, and letting the public enjoy the sport of cycle racing; he was the one after all who was doing the suffering, in part for money and winning, and in part to allow the lovers of the sport to witness real spectacle.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rosian-Dubh on 19 Jun. 2007
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After years of wondering if we would ever see a book on Robert Millar, Scotland's cycling super star, Richard Moore has produced a stunner. It really is a 'warts and all' story, and none the worse for that. I read it in two sittings and was completely held by the writing. There's an amazing amount of detail in the book, despite Robert not having a great deal to do with it, although he gives it his blessing and adds some email comments on various aspects. His explanation of the EPO testing criteria was very interesting indeed, especially the different rules regarding cyclists and cross-country skiers for example. This is a must buy for anyone remotely interested in bike racing. Well done Richard, you've done Robert proud.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Riley on 11 Jun. 2007
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This book should carry a warning because once you start reading you can`t put it down and the rest of your life goes on hold!! I`m of the generation where Robert Millar was a good bike rider it wasn`t until reading this book that i realised he was a great bike rider. Imagine if a Brit was placing on the podium in major tours these days then we as cyclists would be beside ourselves. But Millar did it in the 80`s and did it in his own style. The author has spoken to most people who had anything to do with Millar and everyone has given there opinion love him or hate him this comes out in the book, Richard Moore has captured the emotion and the passion and added his own personal anecdotes that makes this book even more readable. It details Millars career in detail and updates us with his unsucessful foray into cycle coaching and subsequent withdrawal from the cycling scene to his almost total reclusiveness but adds intrigue with correspondance from the man himself. Moore should perhaps consider a career as a mystery thriller writer the way he has unravelled this amazing story. And this book should be a serious contender for the Sportswriter of the year, much better than the Pantani book and no technical jargon to put the reader off. In my opinion the best cycling book ever written and i`m already looking forward to future Richard Moore publications. Buy it you won`t regret it.
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