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The Secret Race is a definitive look at the world of professional cycling—and the doping issue surrounding this sport and its most iconic rider, Lance Armstrong—by former Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton and New York Times best-selling author Daniel Coyle.

Over the course of two years, Coyle conducted more than 200 hours of interviews with Hamilton and spoke candidly with numerous teammates, rivals, and friends. The result is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win.

Tyler Hamilton was once one of the world’s best-liked and top-ranked cyclists—a fierce competitor renowned among his peers for his uncanny endurance and epic tolerance for pain. In the 2003 Tour de France, he finished fourth despite breaking his collarbone in the early stages—and grinding 11 of his teeth down to the nerves along the way. He started his career with the U.S. Postal Service team in the 1990s and quickly rose to become Lance Armstrong’s most trusted lieutenant and a member of his inner circle.

For the first three of Armstrong’s record seven Tour de France victories, Hamilton was by Armstrong’s side, clearing his way. But just weeks after Hamilton reached his own personal pinnacle—winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics—his career came to a sudden, ignominious end: He was found guilty of doping and exiled from the sport.

From the exhilaration of his early, naïve days in the peloton, Hamilton chronicles his ascent to the uppermost reaches of this unforgiving sport. In the mid-1990s, the advent of a powerful new blood-boosting drug called EPO reshaped the world of cycling, and a relentless, win-at-any-cost ethos took root. Its psychological toll would drive many of the sport’s top performers to substance abuse, depression, even suicide. For the first time ever, Hamilton recounts his own battle with clinical depression, speaks frankly about the agonizing choices that go along with the decision to compete at a world-class level, and tells the story of his complicated relationship with Lance Armstrong.

A journey into the heart of a never-before-seen world, The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous 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.

©2012 Tyler Hamilton & Daniel Coyle (P)2012 Random House

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Honest and open

Once I started listening, I couldn’t stop,
Honest and open account of the doping culture in modern cycling.

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A must-read!

Excellent story. Highly recommended. Tyler Hamilton's story about pro-cycling is captivating and shocking. Love it.

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good behind the scenes story

This was an excellent book about doping in cycling, including why and how cyclists use.

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Solid

The only fully open and honest account of doping in the profession so peloton. An absolute must for cycling fans.

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Inside the Peleton

Enjoyed listening. Insightful. Would like to hear more as I am a rider. Listened to Wheelmen also.

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Captivating, honest, interesting!

As a long-time fan of the Tour de France, I looked forward to Tyler Hamilton's tell-all story - and it did not disappoint. Great behind-the-scenes insight into the world's greatest bike race, the men who compete, and the ruthlessness that created a culture of doping. Hats off to Tyler and others who drew back the veil and exposed the sport's dirty, dark secrets. I am encouraged to learn that the times in today's TDF are slower, but largely human powered. The effort I see is REAL.

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Amazing story and well narrated.

if you have any interest in the world of professional endurance cycling this book is a must.

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Blow your mind

A very detailed account, feels like the truth. Thanks for writing about it.

As always, the narrator was top notch. He has done more than a few other cycling books. Really enjoyed this.

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Not the same old story

Insider's account of cycling and doping culture. This book finally swayed my opinion on Lance's legacy. "Everyone was doing it" and "level playing field" do not fit a complete understanding of facts. With apparent willingness to sabotage other riders behind the scenes, one wonders if Lance was even the most talented rider on his team (if it were a level playing field). . . Tyler is a tough dude, his own story is interesting irrespective of his more famous former teammate.

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Surprising Tale

what a great story. I really felt for Tyler and wanted to reach in and help him several times during the book.