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In Search of Robert Millar: Unravelling the Mystery Surrounding Britain's Most Successful Tour De France Cyclist Paperback – 2 Jun 2008
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‘…as riveting a read as any detective story, as well as an intriguing attempt to separate myth from fact.' The Metro
'..a prodigious work of research, (which)..delivers overdue illumination of a fascinating Scot'. The Glasgow Herald
‘A classic bird-like climber, light and wiry in build, Millar was the best British cyclist, all round, since Tom Simpson.’ William Fotheringham
'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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The National Sporting Club, Annual British Sports Book Awards 2008 - WINNER: BEST BIOGRAPHY
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I wasn't disappointed. There can be no better test subject for an impartial biography than Robert Millar - a man who is truly the Marmite of the cycling world. As Moore's book showed, during his cycling career Millar polarised opinion between friends, colleagues, journalists and rivals alike. Moore, whilst evidently in adulation of Millar and his achievements, does not hesitate to convey all aspects of Millar, including those that do not reflect brilliantly on his character.
Evident also, is the fact that Moore did some serious research and digging of the archives to present this re-telling of Millar's life, prior/during/post professional cycling. Even to the most casual cycling fan - like me - this book was really interesting, in-depth, factually accurate and had a gripping dialogue at the end of the book (which I won't spoil here).
The book is like a treasure hunt, exploring Millar's stomping ground for any clues whatsoever about, well, where he actually is. But it is so much more than that; providing great commentary about British perception of cycling during Millar's career and the transformation of the professional tour from continentally exclusive to the breakthrough of the 'foreign legion' (Roche, Kelly, Millar, LeMond et al).
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I just hope that I will be writing the same thing about Moore's next book come June 2012.
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