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The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs Hardcover – Sep 5 2012


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (Sept. 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345530411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345530417
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Loaded with bombshells and revelations.”—VeloNews

“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
 
“[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)

About the Author

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CrazyFor2Wheels on Jan. 10 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm a passionate cyclist who has been following the sport for most of my life. I've read most of the autobiographies out there including all of Armstrong's. When this book first came out I was mixed on whether to read it as I wasn't sure how credible or what to expect. Keep in mind that the world of cycling has had it's head turned upside down in the last 1/2 of 2012 so was this a book capitalizing on the timing and circumstances with it's release?

My brother-in-law is as big a fan of cycling as I am and he ended up getting it first. When I spoke to him he hadn't even finished 1/2 of it and said "you have to read this. It describes the inner workings and systems better than anything I've read so far". Once in hand I flew through the pages. Well written from Tyler's point of view he clearly outlines what it's like to train and compete at the highest level, the struggle to get there, and the inevitable choices that are made by the individual. Each event that's recounted in different races are spot on and as I read through I can recall those specific points clearly as if I had watched it just yesterday. To be able to relate to those periods in a race as a spectator but also understand what was going through Tyler's mind at that point combined with the knowledge of the systematic doping that was happening changed my outlook on some riders and the sport completely.

I have a much better understanding of why doping is unfair and how it affects each individual differently. I used to think that if they all dope then isn't it still a fairly level playing field which is completely misguided. Many professional reviews had slammed this book for being more about Lance Armstrong than about Tyler Hamilton and a way to sell the pages. I disagree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RuthieSid on Feb. 26 2013
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My husband read this during the outrage about the use of drugs in cycling and he recommends it to anyone who wants to know more about what the "actuals" were during this time. Was it the "norm" and part and parcel of the sport? It outlines the physical strength required for this sport (with or without drugs). My husband isn't the reading type but he could not put this down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shannong on Jan. 9 2013
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This book is very well written. I couldn't put it down. Tyler Hamilton is so forthcoming in his account. If you want a great view into the world of cyling, this is it.
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By Islander on Sept. 18 2012
Format: Hardcover
As an avid cyclist and cycling fan, I found this book to be an incredibly read. Having read numerous autobiographies over the years of other famous musicians who were heavy dopers, I found that the cloak and dagger tactics are the same no matter what the reasons were for taking them. This is a drug story. It is also a power story. It's a story about power and competition.

They all doped during the Armstrong era. Stripping people of titles and wins is all fine and good, but who do you give the titles to? None of them were clean. Yes, they should be exposed for what they did. Ultimately, they are not heros. But I question the validity of stripping them of their titles based on the fact that none of them were clean. Does that mean that no one should have a title for the Armstrong period?

Ultimately, you feel sorry for them. They had tough choices to make. I admire Tyler for coming forward and exposing the truth. It was not an easy thing for him to do.

I recommend this read. It provides an insight into the world of professional cycling that you never see while watching the Tour de France on television.
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This book is an eye-opener on how blood doping through EPO and transfusions transformed cyclists into
superhumans. Compared to the cyclists of the late 1980's, these techniques created an unrecognizable sport.
It however is not just a sport science book but it also tells us a lot about the players and personalities
in the sport during the 1990's and the 2000's.

Tyler Hamilton's recollections are so detailed. You can sense the pain and the release of opening up about
his dishonest past (and that of his teammates). I applaud his revelations on what happened - it's
the only way to move forward.

A great read! I've read it twice from end-to-end.
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In this thought provoking book, Tyler Hamilton sheds light onto the hidden world of professional cycling. Starting in 1986, some riders were improving so suddenly from one year to another and by so much that it was most certainly due to some secret. There were some rumors of a special substance used in Europe... I was an Olympic cyclist then and I decided to leave the sport. Reading Tyler's book I realize it had to be a nightmare for all. It was worse than I had imagined. And Armstrong bullying and money power only made it worse. If you want to know, read this book. You have a lot of courage Tyler Hamilton - Thank you.
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By allison dysart on Jan. 1 2013
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Well-written, devastating look at the culture of professional cycling. It sounds like it should be a downer, but for me it was not. I flew through the pages and loved it. While I don't have many positive feelings left for Lance Armstrong, you can sort of understand why these guys did what they did after reading the book. I don't condone their choices, but the book helps you empathize, and empathy is never a bad thing. Plus they were wicked athletes who loved their sport, paradoxically.
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