The Secret Race

The Secret Race : Inside the Hidden World of the Tour De France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

By (author) Tyler Hamilton , By (author) Daniel Coyle

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WINNER OF THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2012. On a fateful night in 2009, Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner in Boulder, Colorado. The two had met five years before while Coyle was writing his bestselling book, Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force. But this time, Tyler had something else on his mind. He finally wanted to come clean, about everything: the doping, the lying, his years as Lance Armstrong's teammate on U.S. Postal, his decade spent running from the truth. 'I'm sorry,' he told Coyle. 'It just feels so good to be able to talk about this. I've been quiet for so many years.' Over the next eighteen months, Hamilton would tell 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 Tour winners such as 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.

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 161 x 240 x 27mm | 531g
  • 11 Sep 2012
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • BANTAM PRESS
  • London
  • English
  • 0593071735
  • 9780593071731
  • 29,731

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Tyler Hamilton is a former professional bike racer, Olympic gold medalist, and NCAA champion. He raced professionally from 1995 to 2008 and now runs his own company, Tyler Hamilton Training, in Boulder, Colorado. Daniel Coyle is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force and The Talent Code. He lives with his wife and four children in Homer, Alaska, and Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

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On a fateful night in 2009, Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner at a restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. The two had met five years before while Coyle was writing his bestselling book, Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force. But this time, Tyler had something else on his mind. He finally wanted to come clean, about everything: the doping, the lying, his years as Lance Armstrong's teammate on U.S. Postal, his decade spent running from the truth. 'I'm sorry,' he told Coyle. 'It just feels so good to be able to talk about this. I've been quiet for so many years.' Over the next eighteen months, Hamilton would tell 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 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.

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The news leaks about The Secret Race have vastly undersold its importance. Tyler Hamilton’s book is a historic, definitive indictment of cycling’s culture of doping during the Armstrong era.

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Great read

Im not into cycling, but found this a fascinating read.... Found it hard to put downshow more
by Meredith Talbot

Fantastic

I read this book in 3 nights. It probably helps if you're into cycling as a sport but everyone will probably enjoy it. It reads like a thriller. No joke! The detail Tyler goes into is unbelievable.show more
by mark kirwan