London Bike Show 2018
A Q&A with...
13:30 - 14:15 (Friday)
Philippa York, previously known as Robert Millar, is one of Britain's most successful cyclists of all time.
Riding under the name Millar, she won the King of the Mountains competition in the 1984 Tour de France as well as finishing fourth overall. She was the first rider from an English speaking country to have won the Mountains classification in the Tour de France - the first major Tour classification win by a British rider, and was unsurpassed as the highest Tour finish for a Briton for over 20 years, until Bradley Wiggins retrospectively placed third in the 2009 Tour de France. She rode the Tour de France eleven times, completing the race eight times.
Philippa also achieved the highest finish by a Briton in the Giro d'Italia, finishing second in 1987 and also winning the King of the Mountains classification. As well as the Giro second-place finish, York finished second in two other Grand Tours: the 1985 and 1986 Vuelta a España. Their second place at the 1985 Vuelta came after losing the leader's jersey on the penultimate stage, in what is widely thought to be collusion by the Spanish-speaking teams. Further victories came at the 1985 Volta a Catalunya, the 1989 Tour of Britain and the 1990 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.
After retiring from cycling, Philippa moved into journalism, writing for magazines including Rouleur, as well as spending a year as a coach for British Cycling. After an appearance as Millar at the 2002 Commonwealth Games she left public life altogether, before reappearing in 2017, joining Ned Boulting and David Millar in the commentary booth for the Tour de France and revealing her gender transition publicly.
We are thrilled to welcome Philippa to the Show in 2018, and look forward to hearing her thoughts on the season ahead.
Tour de France
- Mountains classification winner (1984)
- 3 individual stage wins
- Mountains classification winner (1987)
- 1 individual stage win
Vuelta a España
- 1 individual stage win
Stage Race Wins
- Volta a Catalunya (1985)
- Tour of Britain (1989)
- Critérium du Dauphiné (1990)
- National Road Race Championship (1995)
Sir Chris Hoy
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