The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton
Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

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14 Critic Reviews

A mordant humour sometimes frames the shooting up and downbeat cheating.
-Guardian

Synopsis

“The holy grail for disillusioned cycling fans . . . The book’s power is in the collective details, all strung together in a story that is told with such clear-eyed conviction that you never doubt its veracity. . . . The Secret Race isn’t just a game changer for the Lance Armstrong myth. It’s the game ender.”—Outside
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Secret Race is the book that rocked the world of professional cycling—and exposed, at long last, the doping culture surrounding the sport and its most iconic rider, Lance Armstrong. Former Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton was once one of the world’s top-ranked cyclists—and a member of Lance Armstrong’s inner circle. Over the course of two years, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle conducted more than two hundred hours of interviews with Hamilton and spoke with numerous teammates, rivals, and friends. The result is an explosive page-turner of a book that takes us deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to win that they would do almost anything to gain an edge. For the first time, Hamilton recounts his own battle with depression and tells the story of his complicated relationship with Lance Armstrong. This edition features a new Afterword, in which the authors reflect on the developments within the sport, and involving Armstrong, over the past year. The Secret Race is a courageous, groundbreaking 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.
 
With a new Afterword by the authors.
 
“Loaded with bombshells and revelations.”—VeloNews

“[An] often harrowing story . . . the broadest, most accessible look at cycling’s drug problems to date.”—The New York Times
 
“ ‘If I cheated, how did I get away with it?’ That question, posed to SI by Lance Armstrong five years ago, has never been answered more definitively than it is in Tyler Hamilton’s new book.”—Sports Illustrated
 
“Explosive.”—The Daily Telegraph (London)
 

About Tyler Hamilton

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Tyler Hamilton is a former professional bike racer, Olympic gold medalist, and NCAA champion. He raced professionally from 1995 to 2008 and now runs his own company, Tyler Hamilton Training LLC, in Boulder, Colorado. He lives in Missoula, Montana, with his wife, Lindsay, and his dog, Tanker.Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of Lance Armstrong's War and The Talent Code. He lives with his wife and four children in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Homer, Alaska.
 
Published September 5, 2012 by Bantam. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Secret Race
All: 14 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 3

NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Geoffrey Wheatcroft on Nov 09 2012

...the book is riveting enough, although today, some weeks after its publication, it reads like a trailer to the 200-page report from the United States Anti-Doping Agency released last month.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by IAN AUSTEN on Sep 11 2012

...for someone who repeatedly preaches the value of speaking the truth, Mr. Hamilton lets himself off lightly.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Donald McRae on Sep 24 2012

A mordant humour sometimes frames the shooting up and downbeat cheating.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Stephen Roulac on May 07 2013

...what has transpired since this book’s original publication and the author’s telling comments in the Afterword diminishes rather than enhances Mr. Hamilton’s contentions.

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Hutchinson Leader

Good
Reviewed by Kay Johnson on Oct 26 2012

I found the book almost impossible to put down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next ... I knew Hamilton was going down, I just didn't when and for what.

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Outside

Excellent
Reviewed by Christopher Keyes on Aug 31 2012

This is a world that disgruntled cycling fans have long suspected existed, but the reality is so much more elaborate than we could have imagined.

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Sports Book Review Center

Excellent
Reviewed by Budd Bailey on May 03 2016

Here's the nuts and bolts on how cycling's dope era worked, told by one of the participants. Author Hamilton knows he doesn't deserve much sympathy, but Lance Armstrong deserves even less assuming the accounts here are even close to the truth.

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Podium Cafe

Good
Reviewed by Eric Chouinard

This was a guilty pleasure. It's a well-written book that I couldn't put down but couldn't totally trust. This book is well worth the read, but...you'll have to make your own conclusions on what you believe or want to believe.

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Sports Gazette

Good
Reviewed by Freddie Shires on Nov 06 2012

...such a compelling, depressing and equally liberating read. This book ultimately isn’t just one for the cycling fans and those who want to gain insight into the Armstrong affair.

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Made Good

Good
Reviewed by John Bailey on Dec 03 2012

If you have an interest in road cycling, want to peer into its murky past and gain an insight into the legendary ‘omerta’ then this book is a must read.

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Spoke

Good
Nov 19 2012

The detail is staggering and the candidness with which he speaks is to be honest refreshing.

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Talking Sports

Good
Reviewed by Simon Pilkington on Nov 05 2012

...arguably one of the best sports books of the year and worthy of it’s place on the William Hill Sports Book of the Year shortlist.

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Road Cycling

Good
Reviewed by Neil Browne on Sep 11 2012

I’m not naïve to how doping is organized in professional cycling, but even I was taken aback by the descriptions of how doping was organized.

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Bike Radar

Good
Reviewed by Laura Weislo on Sep 05 2012

The book is a must-read for those who wish to understand the current events surrounding Lance Armstrong, and it will keep you in your seat for hours.

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