David Millar reveals his mission to stamp out doping in cycling on new Performance People podcast


Performance People is a new podcast by hosts Sir Ben Ainslie + his broadcaster wife Georgie Ainslie who in this week’s episode interview professional road cyclist and Tour de France winner David Millar + his sister, CEO of Belstaff, and former CEO of INEOS, Fran Millar, for their first ever interview together as a duo.

In the emotive episode, David and Fran, who managed David’s cycling career, discuss how, following his two-year ban from professional road cycling, and winning the Tour de France, David made it his mission to work closely with anti-doping movements to prevent what happened to him from happening to younger riders. They also touch on how cycling has now undergone a complete ‘cultural shift’ for the better since the early ’90’s.

David reveals: “When I came into the sport it was fundamentally a doping culture, and it had been for a hundred years. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s  it was considered that it was impossible to win the Tour de France clean. I wanted to win races clean.”
He also describes the unwavering support from his sister during the most challenging time of his life when he was banned from cycling: “Frances stood by me, I’d affected her relationships and she supported me through thick and thin when I was getting attacked left right and centre. Then I came out of it and Lance Armstrong called me Saint David!”

The heartfelt episode is full of revealing insights and revealing moments.

Available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple PodcastsSpotify, Amazon Music, YouTube and more, Performance People is a weekly podcast hosted by Sir Ben Ainslie, the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time and his broadcaster wife Georgie Ainslie who has over 20 years of broadcasting experience including at Sky Sports. Together, they chat to a successful partnership from the worlds of sport, entertainment, politics and business, teasing out the true stories behind the highs and lows of their guests’ remarkable careers.


Also find Performance People podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/performance.people/

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