This review is from: The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs (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.