The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, And Winning at All Costs (Unabridged)
by Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
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The Secret Race is a definitive look at the world of professional cycling—and the doping issue surrounding this sport and its most iconic rider, Lance Armstrong—by former Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton and New York Times best-selling author Daniel Coyle. Over the course of two years, Coyle conducted more than 200 hours of interviews with Hamilton and spoke candidly with numerous teammates, rivals, and friends. The result is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. Tyler Hamilton was once one of the world’s best-liked and top-ranked cyclists—a fierce competitor renowned among his peers for his uncanny endurance and epic tolerance for pain. In the 2003 Tour de France, he finished fourth despite breaking his collarbone in the early stages—and grinding 11 of his teeth down to the nerves along the way. He started his career with the U.S. Postal Service team in the 1990s and quickly rose to become Lance Armstrong’s most trusted lieutenant and a member of his inner circle. For the first three of Armstrong’s record seven Tour de France victories, Hamilton was by Armstrong’s side, clearing his way. But just weeks after Hamilton reached his own personal pinnacle—winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics—his career came to a sudden, ignominious end: He was found guilty of doping and exiled from the sport. From the exhilaration of his early, naïve days in the peloton, Hamilton chronicles his ascent to the uppermost reaches of this unforgiving sport. In the mid-1990s, the advent of a powerful new blood-boosting drug called EPO reshaped the world of cycling, and a relentless, win-at-any-cost ethos took root. Its psychological tol...
The Secret Race
A great inside look at Tyler and Lance's world of elite professional cycling and all that comes with it, the good and the bad. Very honest and insightful. Fascinating! Thanks for putting yourself out there like that Tyler!
Congratulations on your amazing career - you did what you had to!
The "Celebritocracy" our Culture has morphed into is at best delusional and at worst downright sickening.
One could argue that if Mt. Rushmore was whittled down in 2006, our fascination with Celebrity could very well have Lance and Tiger staring down at us all.
There are heroes in our midst; Lance has been elevated in recent years but I'm sure I'm not the first who concluded long ago that NO ONE is without flaws in abundance and that winning 7 Tours "clean" is... IMPOSSIBLE.
Having said that, doing what's necessary TO GAIN AN EDGE has ALWAYS been a force in pro sports and ALWAYS WILL.
Count me as one who would just rather see a great performance and recognizes that men like Tyler can whip ALL our tails with or without an edge!
One more thing - maybe Lance will reconsider that there IS a God; he'll most certainly be disappointed when he discovers that "HE" ain't IT!
A compelling book about the culture that existed in cycling. I had always wanted to believe in the innocence of Tyler, Lance and the others but clearly they were caught up in the doping culture. I think Hamilton does a good job of showing how easy it was to get caught up into the culture of doping and how the omertà works. Hopefully this book and the others that have sought to uncover the truth help cycling heal.