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.
The compelling story of Britain's best-ever cyclist -- one of the most enigmatic, complex and contradictory athletes in any sport -- and the unravelling of the puzzle surrounding his sudden and dramatic disappearance. Fully updated with new material on the enigmatic Millar. Cyclist Robert Millar came from one of Europe's most industrialised cities, Glasgow, to excel in the most unlikely terrain -- over the high mountain passes of the Pyrenees and the Alps. He was crowned King of the Mountains during the 1984 Tour de France and remains the only ever Briton to finish on the podium of the world's toughest race. 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 will follow the career of this other-worldly character, from his tough childhood on the streets of Glasgow in the 1960s to his move to France and success in the world's most brutal and unforgiving races, 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 sex-change operation). Through interviews with Millar's friends, acquaintances, cycling colleagues and ex-classmates, author Richard Moore helps to unravel the mystery of this maverick Scotsman, arguably one of the greatest enigmas in a sport full of remarkable characters. See all Product description
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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.