David Mil­lar

Cyclist - - Interview - Words MARK BAI­LEY Pho­tog­ra­phy ALEX WHITE­HEAD

The re­cently re­tired Bri­tish pro talks to Cy­clist about pot­ter­ing in the gar­den, his style idols and his blue­print for bet­ter cy­cling

Cy­clist: What have you been up to since re­tir­ing last year?

David Mil­lar: We fi­nally moved into the house we had been ren­o­vat­ing for a cou­ple of years, so that took up the first two to three months. It’s about 15km out of Girona. We live in a farm­house in the coun­try on our own so it’s idyl­lic. I had my hand op­er­ated on in Novem­ber af­ter my Vuelta crash last year be­cause it had been locked up for two months and I couldn’t do any­thing. It was a bit of a buzzkill be­cause when you re­tire you think you can do other sports like run­ning, but it all got screwed up. I have lots of lit­tle things go­ing on, which has been nice. I’ve started writ­ing a new book, and that’s given me a rou­tine. I’ve also been work­ing on a cloth­ing range, which is launch­ing around May.

Cyc: Is it true you have also turned your hand to gar­den­ing?

DM: My gar­den has be­come my pas­sion. I’ve been out there check­ing my lovely lawn and my trees. It’s quite sad but great, though.

Cyc: Was it a cul­ture shock when you re­tired?

DM: It is a shock. Not at first, be­cause it’s the off-sea­son and you just think it’s a break. Then all of a sud­den riders are rac­ing and go­ing off to train­ing camps and you don’t have to. That’s weird. But I will tell you what is re­ally weird: how quickly the sea­son has gone. When we got to Paris-nice, as a rider that al­ways felt like an epic and hor­ri­bly long week, but it just flew by this year. But I was ready to stop. I am not one of those guys who will keep go­ing to races on the cir­cuit. I want to do new stuff.

Cyc: You have worn all the dif­fer­ent coloured Tour de France jer­seys and the leader’s jersey in all three Grand Tours. Do you have a favourite mem­ory?

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