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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth Reading, Jan. 10 2013
Ce commentaire est de: The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs (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. Following Tyler's ascent into the elite world shows that his career was always intertwined at some point with Lance. He spent a great deal of time on team Postal (which is also where his eventual involvement with doping began) and even after leaving was still exposed to the "Lance camp" as cycling at that level is a very small, closely tied community. Yes there are many references and events that include Lance but it's also a part of the life and career that Tyler has experienced. To say this is a book mainly about Lance Armstrong is false as it's truly a complete and detailed account of the career of Tyler Hamilton.

If you're a cycling fan this is highly recommended. If you're not a cycling fan but want a better understanding of what it's really like behind the ropes this is one of the best. As a general read I'd say all you have to do is check out other reviewer's comments. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Tyler and what he's done and would hope that someday, other top elite cyclists retired or not, come forward. If they don't, this book has at least given me an understanding why.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Read, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, Jan. 9 2013
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Ce commentaire est de: The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs (Hardcover)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Tyler!, March 23 2013
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Fianaly, I know what really happened with this team on these TDF. Thanks to Tyler H. Great book extremely well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent about doping, Oct. 17 2012
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Ce commentaire est de: The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs (Hardcover)
De loin le meilleur livre sur le sujet. Le plus révélateur. Une seule mise en garde, vous ne regarderez plus jamais une course de vélo de la même façon
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5.0 out of 5 stars my mind was boggled, Feb. 1 2014
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I loved the honesty and insight. I am a fan of cycling and going through all those races again with this incredible insider viewpoint made this a great read for me
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow, shocking, entertaining, and enlightening, May 6 2013
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I followed Bike racing a bit during the 90s period, but did not realize the amount of stuff going on. The competitiveness of it all very scary, and the hardships, the triumphs etc, well written, and educational.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite enlightening and enjoyable, May 4 2013
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Quite enjoyed this informative read on one cyclists experience with the Tour de France. I have recommended to friends! as a great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars exposed, April 17 2013
Ce commentaire est de: The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs (Hardcover)
This book is a must read for serious pro cycling enthusiasts. Puts a whole new meaning to "everybody doped". Chapeau to Tyler Hamilton for laying it all on the line.

Good to see LA exposed for the manipulative bully he is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, March 8 2013
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Ce commentaire est de: The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs (Hardcover)
Le cyclisme professionnel vécu de l'intérieur, les deux côtés de la médaille. Le dépassement de soi, la gloire, le système, la tricherie, la honte, l'intimidation. Un récit touchant de Tyler Hamilton face à ses démons intérieurs et aussi face à Lance Armstrong.
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