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Book Review: The Secret Race
 
By Luke Allingham
Date: 9/13/2012
Book Review: The Secret Race
 
The Secret Race, Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs is authored by former professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle. The 289-page autobiography brings the reader inside the world of doping in professional cycling. The Secret Race gives the reader an inside view of how many of cycling's top riders used performance enhancing drugs to gain an edge on the competition and what tactics were used to transport and use performance enhancing drugs, and to avoid positives tests. The book dives into the hidden world of Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France and some of the world's top cycling teams that has rarely been seen by the public eye before.

New York Times bestselling author, Daniel Coyle conducted over two hundred hours of interviews with Hamilton to get inside information into this hidden part of cycling. Before the interviewing process started, three rules were agreed upon between Coyle and Hamilton: 1). No subject would be off limits. 2). Coyle would be given access to Hamilton's journals, photos and other sources. and 3). All facts would have to be independently confirmed whenever possible. These three rules show that all information would be on the record and nothing would be held back. Coyle also interviewed several of Hamilton's former rivals, teammates and friends, many of whom had never talked about the black cloud covered side of cycling.

Hamilton tells the reader about his first experience in a big league cycling race where he met many of the world's best ranked cyclists including Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Greg Lemond and Viatcheslav Ekimov for the first time. As he moves deeper into his life story as a professional cyclist, Hamilton gives inside information about the US Postal Service cycling team, where Lance Armstrong won his seven Tour de France titles, talking about their doping methods: how they injected it, who purchased it and how it was delivered. He tells that Armstrong introduced him to controversial doctor Michele Ferrari and includes information on Ferrari's methods and his ties to the US Postal Service team. The 41-year old also speaks of his relationship with Armstrong over the years and how it went from the two being good friends to the point of a mutual dislike of the other in just a matter of a few years.

Hamilton gives inside information on how he joined the Team CSC cycling squad (now Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) and that team’s methods of doping to get an extra edge on the fierce competition. He tells that Team CSC general manager Bjarne Riis introduced him to controversial sports doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who was the main suspect of the Operación Puerto doping cases in 2006. Tyler explains he worked closely with Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes during his time with CSC and that Fuentes had introduced and began assisting him with blood doping.

He also gives readers information to his victory in the individual time trial at the 2004 Athens Olympics as well as information about racing with Phonak and Rock Racing as well as his doping-related suspension, his return to the sport in 2007 and the effects of his 60 Minutes interview in 2011.

Tyler Hamilton currently resides in Colorado where he runs a training business known as Tyler Hamilton Training with friend Jim Carpa.

For more information on The Secret Race, including where it can be purchased, visit the website


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