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New review: The Secret Race (Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle)

Note; I withdrew my review of Lance Armstrong's book It's Not About the Bike (a somewhat ironic choice of title, in retrospect) a few years ago, when knowledge of his extensive doping became public. I've now reinstated it in the light of Tyler's account which he gives in the present book. The two reviews should be read together.



By now the widespread incidence of corruption and illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs in professional cycling is well known. This book provides one of the best inside accounts of what went on when the practice was all but universal.

Tyler Hamilton was a top-ranking racing cyclist who was famed for his endurance and ability to tolerate pain. He finished fourth in the 2003 Tour de France, in spite of riding with a broken collar bone for most of the race - an injury that made him grind eleven of his teeth down to the roots because of the pain.

During his time with the U.S, Postal team he was a close associate of Lance Armstrong, whom he got to know exceptionally well. His support played a major role in helping Lance to win the first three of his seven victories in the Tour. Tyler won the gold medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, but six weeks later his career came to an abrupt end when he failed a doping test. He eventually confessed to having used drugs for years, throughout most his career; he also made it clear that most professional cyclists of the time, including Lance, had done the same. More

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