The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 5, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
“The holy grail for disillusioned cycling fans . . . The book’s power is in the collective details, all strung together in a story that is told with such clear-eyed conviction that you never doubt its veracity. . . . The Secret Race isn’t just a game changer for the Lance Armstrong myth. It’s the game ender.”—Outside
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Secret Race is the book that rocked the world of professional cycling—and exposed, at long last, the doping culture surrounding the sport and its most iconic rider, Lance Armstrong. Former Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton was once one of the world’s top-ranked cyclists—and a member of Lance Armstrong’s inner circle. Over the course of two years, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle conducted more than two hundred hours of interviews with Hamilton and spoke with numerous teammates, rivals, and friends. The result is an explosive page-turner of a book that takes us deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to win that they would do almost anything to gain an edge. For the first time, Hamilton recounts his own battle with depression and tells the story of his complicated relationship with Lance Armstrong. This edition features a new Afterword, in which the authors reflect on the developments within the sport, and involving Armstrong, over the past year. The Secret Race is a courageous, groundbreaking act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.
 
With a new Afterword by the authors.
 
“Loaded with bombshells and revelations.”—VeloNews

“[An] often harrowing story . . . the broadest, most accessible look at cycling’s drug problems to date.”—The New York Times
 
“ ‘If I cheated, how did I get away with it?’ That question, posed to SI by Lance Armstrong five years ago, has never been answered more definitively than it is in Tyler Hamilton’s new book.”—Sports Illustrated
 
“Explosive.”—The Daily Telegraph (London)
 

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User Review  - breic - LibraryThing

This was quite a story. I loved getting all the details of Hamilton's racing career, and in particular the way he doped and got away with it. The writing is so-so, and Hamilton clearly has an agenda ... Read full review

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User Review  - kukulaj - LibraryThing

This is a straightforward telling of big time bicycle racing, roughly 1995 - 2005. It's all about the drugs and blood transfusions, and about the testing and evasions and cover-ups etc. Tyler Hamilton ... Read full review

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Contents

THE STORY BEHIND THIS BOOK Daniel Coyle
3
GETTING IN THE GAME
15
REALITY
30
EURODOGS
40
ROOMMATES
63
BAD NEWS BEARS
78
20002 BUILDING THE MACHINE
100
THE NEXT LEVEL
120
I THE ATTACK
186
CHAPTER I2 ALL OR NOTHING
200
CHAPTER I3 POPPED
219
CHAPTER I4 NOVlTZKYS BULLDOZER
241
HIDEANDSEEK
254
CHAPTER I6 THE ENDAROUND
266
AFTERWORD
281
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
285

LIFE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
135
NEW START
154
CHAPTER IO LIFE AT THE TOP
171
FURTHER READING
289
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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 LLC, in Boulder, Colorado. He lives in Missoula, Montana, with his wife, Lindsay, and his dog, Tanker.
 
Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of Lance Armstrong’s War and The Talent Code. He lives with his wife and four children in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Homer, Alaska.

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