The Secret Race
Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs
Daniel Coyle & Tyler Hamilton
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WINNER OF THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
On a fateful night in 2009, Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner in Boulder, Colorado. Over the next eighteen months, Hamilton would tell Coyle his story, and his sport's story, in explosive detail, never sparing himself in the process. In a way, he became as obsessed with telling the truth as he had been with winning the Tour de France just a few years before. The truth would set Tyler free, but would also be the most damning indictment yet of teammates like Lance Armstrong.
The result of this determination is The Secret Race, a book that pulls back the curtain and takes us into the secret world of professional cycling like never before. A world populated by unbelievably driven – and some flawed – characters. A world where the competition used every means to get an edge, and the options were stark. A world where it often felt like there was no choice.
This is an excellent book. I simply could not put it down. I have immense respect for Hamilton after reading this. This a very human story.
Very Good Read
Couldnt put it, I never thought Lance was an angel but before reading this I still liked the guy, if what Tyler says is true, my opinion of Lance has changed incredibly. Everyone appeared to have doped in that era, so maybe it was an even playing field in a corrupt sport?
If you love cycling you won't want to put this down
I've always had a tendency to believe that the Tour was getting clean, and that Lance in particular had too much to loose by doping.
No more! It's clear now, and Tyler tells the story in a way that made me just want to keep on sucking up the whole nine yards.
This book isn't the only one that's threatened to uncover the truth about doping in the peloton, but its perhaps the most personal account. It also doesn't pull any punches, naming and shaming the biggest in the business, including Lance.
I also found myself respecting Tyler, for all his clear faults, as someone who is telling the truth for the right reasons. Buy the book, then make up your mind, but I believe the account completely.