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The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping,… (2012)

de Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle

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Hamilton pulls back the curtain on the Tour de France and takes us into the secret world of professional cycling like never before: the doping, the lying, and his years as Lance Armstrong's teammate on U.S. Postal.
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I was in a bit of an odd mood trying to decide what to read next so I decided to have a quick look on the kindle store and this caught my eye. With everything that has been in the news recently about professional cycling and Lance Armstrong I thought it would make an interesting read. Whilst reading it I discovered that it has been long-listed for the 'William Hill sports book of the year'. Last year the winner was A Life Too Short by Ronald Reng, a book which I thought was fantastic.

The first thing I want to point out about this book is that although he does feature often in this book it is not primarily about Lance Armstrong. He does feature, as do all of Hamilton's team mates but the main focus is what Hamilton and the wider professional cycling circuit did in regards to doping. Hamilton is very keen to make is known that everyone was at it and that there are no real heroes or villains, just dopers.

Everything is explained in a very simple and easy to understand way, there is very little in the way of technical jargon. This, coupled with the writing style makes this a very easy book to read and I found it hard to put down. Everything is laid bare and its fairly obvious to me that Hamilton feels genuine remorse for what he and others did but he also feels that the UCI needs to be held accountable as well. Rightly or wrongly he feels that the UCI knew what was going on and helped to keep it under-wraps and protect its biggest stars.

He also goes into some detail about riders who refused to dope under extreme pressure and as a result lost their rides and ultimately their careers. These are the real victims in this whole sordid affair and its these people who probably lost most.

Although Hamilton says he holds no ill will towards Armstrong I thought it was clear that he wishes that he would admit his part in the doping. Whilst not attacking him directly he does describe what happened to him and others who got on the wrong side of Armstrong and the bullying tactics he also used towards journalists who questioned the validity of his tour results.

I don't know if this will win the prize this year, I haven't read the other books but it is very well written. Whilst it isn't up to the standard of last years winner it is a very good read and would make a worthy winner. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in sports in general ( )
  Brian. | Jun 19, 2021 |
Absorbing and compelling. Captivating, as well. I won't editorialize about the players as everyone has an opinion, but as a book, this piece delivered and I enjoyed reading it and learning more about what I knew in basic form. ( )
  shaundeane | Sep 13, 2020 |
Remember when you realized Santa Claus wasn't real? This is the same feeling but as an adult. It was nearly impossible to put this book down. The density of jaw dropping information is staggering. Too many topics to comment on from this book. Even if you replace Lance Armstrong with no name cyclist X, the story is just riveting - the most raw account I've ever read. Everyone deserves to know the truth. ( )
  bsmashers | Aug 1, 2020 |
Really enjoyed this book about the drugs behind the scenes in professional cycling. ( )
  jvgravy | Jun 14, 2020 |
Shocking facts? Not really, but interesting to see how doping is organized and how "easy" it is to cheat on elite level cycling. Sadly doping ruines lives, careers and sports! Thanks to the authors for putting out this excellent book. ( )
  Yrrol | May 28, 2020 |
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