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David Millar

Former Pro Cyclist & Founder


David Millar bought his first road bike at age 15, and when he turned 18, he moved to France to race. Two years later, in 1997, he was offered his first professional contract and was soon winning stages of the Tour de France and La Vuelta a España, before receiving a suspension for doping in 2004.

Since then, Millar has become an authoritative voice on anti-doping. In 2008, he became part owner and rider for the Garmin Slipstream team, who became renowned for their strong anti-doping stance. He is the only British rider to have worn all leaders’ jerseys at the Tour de France, and has worn the leader’s jersey in all three Grand Tours, where he has won stages in each. He has been the British National Champion in road race (RR), time trial (TT) and pursuit cycling, and has served as Captain of Worlds and Olympic teams.

In addition to his cycling career, Millar has written two books, Racing Through the Dark and The Racer, worked as a consultant on the Stephen Frears film The Program and, with director Finlay Pretsell, has made his own film, Time Trial, due to be released in 2018.

Since his retirement in 2014, Millar has become a television commentator for ITV and BBC and is working on several projects, including creating the brand CHPT3. The brand, whose name signifies the third chapter of Millar’s life, creates high-end cycling products, building upon the relationships and experience gained from 18 years as a professional cyclist.

Millar lives in Girona, Spain, with his wife, Nicole, and their three children, Archibald, Harvey and Maxine.


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