David Millar – The Truth About Performance Enhancing Drugs
David Millar is one of Britain’s most successful road cyclists who has competed in 12 Tours de France, winning five stages, and once beating Lance Armstrong in the process.
In 2004 he was banned from the sport for two years after taking performance-enhancing drugs and later returned to compete clean.
He is now a key spokesman on anti-doping and is featured in the recent documentary film Time Trial.
3:01 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:41 Brian’s introduction.
06:06 What drives someone to be a professional cyclist.
08:10 What makes a great cyclist.
11:05 How David managed exhaustion, suffering, and hurting.
16:00 Drug use in sports as portrayed in Icarus film and David’s damming views on IOC ethics and morals.
22:59 Why cycling became clean.
26:40 David’s argument for a change in punishment for drug taking in sport.
28:02 Public dichotomy in wanting the best from their athletes while condemning those who cheat on drugs.
29:32 Sporting world: a paragon of excellence, human condition at its best, corrupted by the normal world.
31:51 The IOC must be held culpable for the state sport is now in and needs to take the lead in reform.
32:52 How British cycling sport has changed in the last 20 years.
35:47 The doping culture that previously existed in British cycling.
37:42 You can’t plant what you think you know onto Lance Armstrong because it doesn’t apply, he’s unique.
42:36 David admits it was possible to beat the system, it became a game, the compass had been smashed.
44:27 Success Secrets.
46:04 The mental damage done to athletes by drug taking is a serious issue and one that needs immediate attention.
50:47 The drug that mentally affected David
52:02 Sport should be the last bastion of purity.
54:20 With gene therapy developments, will drug agencies be able to detect performance enhancement?
55:33 David’s purpose is to disrupt and make a difference despite the IOC holding the keys and the locks.
56:58 Sport has almost become an arms race with the IOC serving as a gladiatorial arena.
58:32 Why there has perhaps been no doping scandal in American Baseball, Soccer or Basketball.
1:02:54 The effects of Cortisone and EPO on David.
1:13:31 What it is like to compete in the Tour de France and how it feels to become the yellow jersey.
1:17:40 What it was like to come back after the ban and why he did.
1:23:59 Peoples reaction to his message to the sporting world now and the success he has had so far.
1:27:26 What it was like competing again in the Tour de France as a clean athlete.
1:32:00 David speaks of his love affair with bike racing and the painful ending of that affair.
1:35:18 Creating his new project CHPT 3.
1:37:07 Finding a higher purpose in being the voice of anti-doping.
1:37:58 The doping ban while coming as a relief also broke him up completely.
1:39:34 What he does with the haters.
1:44:27 His message to all athletes about drugs.
1:47:58 David’s ultimate optimism for the next 100 years.
1:50:20 His final thoughts on what people and big organizations need to understand to make the change.
1:53:21 Brian’s summing up.
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