Yellow Jersey Press has bought the memoir of British cyclist David Millar.
Matt Phillips, editorial director at Yellow Jersey Press, acquired World All Language rights from David Luxton at DLA.
Phillips said: “David Millar is one of the most intelligent and eloquent sportsmen that this country has ever produced. He is an exceptional writer as well as an exceptional cyclist. His new memoir follows his final season on the pro tour. His new memoir will show both his love for his sport and what it means to come to terms with leaving it behind. I’ve been desperate to publish David for many years, and I’m delighted to be able to welcome him finally to Yellow Jersey Press for what is certain to be one of the sports books of the year.”
Millar has been a professional cyclist for 17 years, winning four stages of the Tour de France, five of the Vuelta a España and one stage of the Giro d'Italia. He is a key figure of the World Anti-doping Agency's athletes committee and his previous book Racing Through the Dark (Orion) was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
In The Racer, Millar will provide insight into the sights, smells and sounds of the sport as well as his experiences racing, from being dropped by his team the day before the biggest race of his life, to crashing, to having to reconcile a life on the road with the demands of a young family.
Yellow Jersey Press will publish The Racer on 1st October 2015.