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The Sunday Times best-selling memoir from the Tour de France cyclist who lifts the lid on his drug use and return to sport.

By his 18th birthday David Millar was living and racing in France, sleeping in rented rooms, tipped to be the next English-speaking Tour winner. A year later he'd realised the dream and signed a professional contract. He perhaps lived the high life a little too enthusiastically - he broke his heel in a fall from a roof after too much drink and before long the pressure to succeed had tipped over into doping. 

Here, in a full and frank autobiography, David Millar recounts the story from the inside: he doped because 'cycling's drug culture was like white noise', and because of peer pressure. 'I doped for money and glory in order to guarantee the continuation of my status.' Five years on from his arrest, Millar is clean and reflective and holds nothing back in this account of his dark years. 

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Amazing account of a professional cyclist

I love watching David Millar as commentator and pundent on the Tour de France and this book gives you more insight into why he has such a great wealth of knowledge and is such a engaging sports personality. This story of his life as a professional cyclist, gives you an interesting account into what it meant to be in a professional sport where morals and support were none existent and swept under the carpet, to come back and want to make change from cheating, his knowledge and how he helped change the sport makes his story one to listen to. Good narration and a lot of heart felt moments that had me a little teary at times. Great for any sport enthusiast, cycling lover or someone who likes real life stories.

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Great book. Gripping read.

David does well to bring you into his roller coaster life. Insightful look into the secret world, doesn't feel self pitying and I finished unsure as the whether or not I had warmed to him. Staccato performance but at times this adds to the flow of the story, sometimes is annoying.

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captivating

really enjoy the story, narrator was engaging and brought the emotion and passion of Millar to the book.

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Great book, but the acsents weren't needed.

Great book, but the acsents weren't needed. Great book, but the acsents weren't needed.

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Sometimes dry but compelling nonetheless

Apart from a need for the narrater to have been briefed on pronunciation of some of the names this is an enjoyable listen, if maybe a little dry towards the end. I listened to the follow up yo this book first so perhaps would have enjoyed this a little more with the benefit of listening in the correct order.

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Amazing book!

David Millar makes a Frank intelligent and amazing life story here. I particularly like his early days of racing. Best book I have ever read on the pro cycling scene.