On a fateful night in 2009, Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner at a restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. The two had met five years before while Coyle was writing his bestselling book, Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force. But this time, Tyler had something else on his mind. He finally wanted to come clean, about everything: the doping, the lying, his years as Lance Armstrong's teammate on U.S. Postal, his decade spent running from the truth. 'I'm sorry,' he told Coyle. 'It just feels so good to be able to talk about this. I've been quiet for so many years.'
Over the next eighteen months, Hamilton would tell his story - and his sport's story - in explosive detail, never sparing himself in the process. In a way, he became as obsessed with telling the truth as he had been with winning the Tour de France just a few years before. The result of this determination is The Secret Race, a book that pulls back the curtain and takes us into the secret world of professional cycling like never before. A world populated by unbelievably driven - and some flawed - characters. A world where the competition used every means to get an edge, and the options were stark. A world where it often felt like there was no choice.
'We were standing in Lance’s kitchen when he lined out the plan: he would pay Philippe [Armstrong's gardener and odd-job man] to follow the Tour on his motorcycle, carrying a thermos full of EPO and a prepaid cell phone. When we needed Edgar [EPO], Philippe would zip through the Tour’s traffic and make a drop-off… Lance had come back from cancer; he wasn’t about to sit back and hope things worked out; he was going to make it happen”
The riveting, news-breaking story of former Olympic gold medalist and seven-time Tour de France rider Tyler Hamilton, who takes us deep inside the secret world of professional cycling, his years as Lance Armstrong's teammate, and what it took to win – no matter the cost.
The Secret Race is the first time that the story of Armstrong’s rise to the top of the sport has been told by a former teammate. Co-author Danny Coyle conducted more than two hundred hours of interviews with Hamilton and spoke candidly with dozens of his teammates, rivals, and friends, who are also speaking out for the first time.
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 12th September 2012
Publisher: Random House