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In Search of Robert Millar: Unravelling the Mystery Surrounding Britain's Most Successful Tour de France Cyclist par [Moore, Richard]
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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.

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.

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The National Sporting Club, Annual British Sports Book Awards 2008 - WINNER: BEST BIOGRAPHY

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  • Taille du fichier : 2597 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 387 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 000723502X
  • Editeur : HarperSport (4 septembre 2008)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 As the back cover quote says, "Meticulously reserached and lovingly constructed" 8 septembre 2010
Par David Anderson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I found this book fascinating and compelling. I could hardly put it down and devoured it cover to cover. I remember Millar as a boyhood hero of mine. He came to prominence just as the Tour De France began to be televised on British TV. However, I never understood his meticulous attention to detail, particularly his diet and his health. He planned every step up in his career with a very scientific approach and he was so incredibly honest and forthright about his own ability and chances. Millar seems like a visionary now. His insights on toxins and food additives are seen as mainstream now while back in the 80s they made him a freak.

The book provides fascinating insights into many other characters of the cycling scene in the 80s and 90s including Paul Sherwen, Stephen Roche, Sean Yates, Martin Earley, Sean Kelly, Pedro Delgado, Allan Peiper, Graeme Obree, Chris Boardman, even a young Lance Armstrong gets a mention. It also paints quite a horrid picture of the politics of pro cycling and life for riders on the teams back in the 80s. It's amazing to learn how ineffective the management was and to read of truly horrific lack of leadership and the resultant squandered talent.

Millar remains the best ever British pro and the only English speaking rider to win the King of the Mountains in the Tour de France. This book is a fitting tribute to a heavily misunderstood personality whose achievements are only truly being appreciated two decades later. I see Robert Millar in a new light and I'd like to thank Richard Moore for making this possible.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Better than I expected 24 décembre 2007
Par Daniel H. Defrees - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I found this book suprisingly interesting. I had only had vague recollections of Millar from his cycling days in the 80's and 90's. Racing along side LeMond and Hinault when the TDF first came on the radar of American cyclist. The book is very well written and had me hooked from beginning to end. It can even serve as a prelude to the drug invested Peleton we see now.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good read 5 juillet 2010
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
If you are into cycling history this will be a book for you. Millar is enigmatic and its hard to really paint a good picture of the guy, but Moore does as well as anyone could expect. In some ways it's a shame Millar didn't agree to really open up to him at the end. The book steadily built toward that, but the resolution never came. I guess the more predictable ending wouldn't have fit this subject anyway. Somehow getting some limited email contact and then an abrupt ending seems perfect in that sense.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Cyclone of Pressures and Prejudices 31 août 2014
Par Alex Hutchinson's Twisted Trails - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I have found that the best tales come from real life. They are often unexpected, jagged journeys with no clear destination. Robert Millar is an enigmatic personality whose narrow focus and ambition brought him to the top of the cycling world. He never did what was expected of him and always exceeded the odds at those times when others were most dismissive. While Millar is a success story, he is not typical of what many perceive of a cyclist. He was deeply intelligent, calculating, mysterious and determined to enjoy the fruits of his labor without the burdens of fame that so often follow. He is an unlikely hero but a hero none the less.

I have to give full props to Richard Moore, he is such a complete writer. I have read more than 30 books on the sport but Mr. Moore reveals some real gems of insight. While Robert Millar is the primary focus of the book, the author easily connects him to other important subjects including doping scandals, team tactics, cycling politics and criticisms of the media. All of these encompass athletes in a cyclone of pressures and prejudices. This is one of the best cycling books I have yet read. It is also one of the best athlete biographies you will ever find.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well written and intriguing 3 janvier 2009
Par Narayan P - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Not even interested in the sport till a year back and only mildly interested in the name of Robert Millar, there was something in the title that made me feel this book would be an interesting read. IN SEARCH OF Robert Millar- a most appropriate title. It is the theme of this book - his Scottish past, his parents, school, friends, his early days in France, his mentors and how each of the races shaped him. Any other book of an insignificant pedal pusher from Glasgow would have bored me to death but the author has somehow pulled it off well - from cover to cover. By the end of the book, I was a bit surprised that I actually liked it a lot. I think what really shows in the book is the author's sincere effort to find all he could of this mysterious personality and to present it in a way a mystery novel would. At the end, I was more in appreciation of the author than Robert Millar; Robert Millar - I pitied.
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