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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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Fascinating

Exceeded my expectations.
Although I am a cycling fan, even if I wasn’t I think I still would have loved this book. Very interesting and at many emotional moments.

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Fascinating story. Great narration

Brilliantly narrated. I felt like I was listening to Millar himself much of the time.

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loved it,

great story, honest, gritty sometimes funny. listened to both of his now,
shines a light on that era of cycling in a unique way.

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Brilliant honest and raw.

I loved it, if u have an interest in cyclings dark history read this!

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A Excellent account of dark days in cycling and the pressures on pro cyclists First Class listening

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Excellent listen

Excellent narration and a fascinating Insight into David Millars life. tbf I could listen to him all day on tdf commentary.

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It's always interesting to get another perspective on life inside the pro peloton. It's easy to take a reductive and lazy view of the doping problem in cycling, and I think this book tackles the complexity of the issue well. However it's hard to get round the fact that author is both self-aware and entirely lacking self-awareness, and not hard to see why he splits opinion in the cycling world. I'm glad I listened to this book, as it's a good chronology of an important period of time in cycling. It's massively let down by the narrator who seemed to have decided that a 'breathless' tone would be best suited to the subject matter, and by the production values which are almost non-existent.

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Fantastic Read!

From the moment I started I was engrossed. Utterly compelling, to the point where I forgave the narrator's dodgy accents!
Chapeau to David Millar - great story - great courage.

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top listen

Brilliant listen, the narrator nails David Millar. Particularly liked his exchanges with Paul kimmage