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"I love what I do. It's very scary for me to decide to stop doing it when I could keep going. It will be like leaving school, but a school I've been in for 20 years. That's all my adult life, although you could arguably say...

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13.12.2013 @ 12:10 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

At the end of the 2014 season David Millar will bring the curtain down on an 18-year career but the experienced Brit hopes to leave with a bang. He will target stage wins in the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana and would love to win the Commonwealth Games road race which is held in his native Scotland.


For more than a decade, David Millar has been one of the most prolific riders in the peloton but 2014 will be the final year of racing for the 36-year-old. After a turbulent career, Millar has decided to hang up his bike when the new season is over.


However, Millar has no plans to use his final year as a farewell ride. He wants to go back to all the biggest races with the aim of achieving big results.


Millar will kick off his season at the Challenge Mallorca and will do the Tirreno-Adriatico in preparation of the Milan-Sanremo and the cobbled classics. The former winner of the 3 Days of De Panne has proved that he is a genuine classics contender but bad luck has often prevented him from scoring a ig result in the cobbled races.


A short break will allow him time to recover before he starts the build-up for a hectic summer. He will target stage wins at both Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana and has redcircled the Commonwealth Games road race which will be held in his native Scotland. He hopes to end his career by riding in his national colours at the world championships in Ponferrada.


Millar announced his decision to end his career shortly after the conclusion of the Tour de France. His choice to hang up his bike was based on a wish to be closer to his two children and his wife.


"I love what I do. It's very scary for me to decide to stop doing it when I could keep going," he told The Guardian. "It will be like leaving school, but a school I've been in for 20 years. That's all my adult life, although you could arguably say the first 10 years were my adolescence.


"You need to really love it, and there were moments this year when I didn't love it," he added. "In December 2012 I was thinking of continuing until I was 39 or 40, but this year my second son was born, I left for the Giro the day after, had a horrific two weeks. I used to read about guys retiring to spend more time with their families and think – why would that affect anything? I understand now. I get one chance to be a dad and spend time with my sons when they are small. I realised I was missing a lot of that."


Millar hasn't decided what the future will bring but hopes to stay involved in cycling with the Garmin team that he helped to found. Media work could be another avenue, given that he has spent much of the period since the end of the racing season collaborating with Stephen Frears on a biopic of Lance Armstrong.


His final year will be perpetuated in a documentary by Finlay Pretsell. Shooting will start at the Tirreno-Adriatico and the film should be released about 12 months from now.


Millar hopes that the film will give another perspective on cycling than the one which is dominated by doping.


"Everything is the same melodramatic soap opera now and racing is on the periphery – if we can create something that people watch and think wow bike racing is pretty amazing and get back to the racing, I'm one of the few that can encapsulate that because my story illustrates the way the sport went in the last 15 years," he said. "I don't have to reveal or explain anything so we can look at the racing."



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