The Secret Race

The Secret Race

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

Book - 2012
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Hamilton pulls back the curtain on the Tour de France and takes us into the secret world of professional cycling like never before: the doping, the lying, and his years as Lance Armstrong's teammate on U.S. Postal.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345530417
0345530411
9780345530431
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Coyle, Daniel

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mlofat
Jun 17, 2017

Fun to read. It seems that Hamilton poured his soul out. This is the type of book Lance Armstrong should write: the WHOLE and honest truth.

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dthomas6
Dec 31, 2013

A really good, clear explanation of the methods by which cyclists use chemicals and blood products to get ahead. To the author's credit, nobody's an angel here, including Tyler Hamilton. But that Armstrong guy might be the devil himself. Amazing how he manipulated so many people for so long, and got away with it.

Yachtny Jul 31, 2013

A revealing insight into the life of a professional cyclist in an era dominated by doping on an unprecedented scale. Now that Armstrong has admitted the truth of his doping and thus the truth of his critics who were right all along, I remain sceptical as to what Hamilton expects. He reports being surprised at being unwelcome on his return to cycling as he tried to find rides to see out the rest of his career. Whilst he did confess and perhaps there was animosity directed towards him from fans of Armstrong as well as the professional cycling world, on what basis does he expect a different reception? Hamilton was, when all is said and done, a cheat too.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in cycling.

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Ichigaga
Jun 04, 2013

I learned alot about big-time cycling. Recommended. Yeah, what he did was wrong, but he understood that it was what was required. Either do it, or go home. He had to put any morality to the side. I laugh at the moral perfectionists. Do these people live there lives at a high moral level? Consider a manager in a corporation. He's told to layoff people to prop up quarterly profits for the benefit of bonuses for the few. Is doping to win a race any worse than ruining people's lives for the sake of a few bonuses? The manager has to make a decision...do it, or get another job.

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ThelmaPickles
Mar 12, 2013

After reading this book I am left with the conclusion that Lance Armstrong is a sociopath and Tyler Hamilton is a sheep, a follower and a simpleton. The message of his book? "The truth will set you free." Profound, right? Meanwhile, he expresses little to no remorse or guilt as he details years of lying, cheating and using PEDs. He even has the nerve to say he was victimized by the public after getting busted because they called him a liar, cheat and doper. Victim? Hardly. Hero for telling the truth? No way.

capovino Feb 09, 2013

A must read, couldn't put this book down until it was finished, more intrigue than a spy novel.

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5gramp
Jan 29, 2013

Interesting read, wish some of the other books were available as it would be nice to get an alternate opinion of Lance

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thetempguy
Dec 25, 2012

A very fast read that details the life of a professional rider... You will like this book!

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indycar01
Dec 19, 2012

A must read for bike racing fans. A riveting story.

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rmd21
Dec 06, 2012

Riveting exposé of the cheating, lies and PEDs usage by competitive cyclists. Lance Armstrong fans will want to avoid it as it will blow the lid off any innocence you formerly believed that he raced clean and beat drug cheats through working harder than others, good nutrition and luck, hah hah.

Lance was the flagbearer for his teams to use and abuse PEDs including cortisone, testosterone, EPO and blood doping. Who would've thought that perhaps his abuse of cortisone caused his testicular cancer?

Many have vilified Tyler Hamilton for this book and for testifying against Lance Armstrong but he had no personal vendetta towards LA. His ex-wife sure did though! And Sheryl Crow was likely one of the whistleblowers that hurt Armstrong's cause. Imagine that!

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