“I never really got why people would go on crazy cycling adventures with their mates at stupid o’clock at the weekend,” confesses David Millar, who had to suffer on his bike every day because it was his job as a professional rider. “Now I am retired, I think: ah, I totally get why you do it. It’s your escape. It’s where you go to get some headspace, or to see friends and socialise.

“I hadn’t appreciated that until now. I’ve got family. I’ve got work. And sport is now this really important other space where I go to get some of my own time.”

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