- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 5, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0097DM8LU
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The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs Audible – Unabridged
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- First, the co-author, Daniel Coyle, knows his way around pro bike racing. He wrote Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France, and his experience shows. More than just a story about Hamilton, "The Secret Race" weaves in all the significant doping scandals of the past 15 years. Although the publicity surrounding this book is driven by the interest in Lance Armstrong, the book exposes a sport-wide culture where doping was expected and the infrastructure to support it was easily accessible to the best riders.
- Second, the level of prosaic detail adds credibility. It's more than just a chronicle of what drugs were taken -- but also detail on how they worked; how they were concealed; how tests were beaten; the logistics of getting to and from the doping doctors; and the strategy of timing blood doping sessions to correspond with key stages of big races. Hamilton even details the bonus schedule he paid to his doping doctors for each major victory. Although I've read previous books on the topic, I was still surprised by the intensity of doping activities outlined here. It's the difference between having the story told by "outsiders" (investigators, journalists, team assistants) vs. "insiders" (someone like Hamilton who is finally willing to tell the story).
- Third, Hamilton's own personal story is believable.Read more ›
I was a fan of Lance's since he won the World Championship in 1993. I was in Paris when he won in 1999 and when he finished 3rd in 2009. I believed in Lance and his inspirational story for years and thought all the critics were simply "haters". This book convinces me that the story of Lance Armstrong is as believable as a children's fairy tale.
Tyler does not come across as vindictive, angry, or irrational. Rather, he strikes me as a regular guy who played the game by the rules in place at the time. Tyler did what almost everyone else was doing -- transfusions, testosterone, EPO -- but ended up getting caught when his doping sources screwed up and mixed up his blood bags with those of other riders.
Lance was not physiologically better than anyone else - his claim to genetic physical superiority was part of a well crafted myth. The difference is Lance had a story-book narrative that appealed to the general public and therefore sponsors and industry hacks. Protection from within the UCI sounds ridiculous - which is what Lance counted on - people would never believe such a thing and anyone who said so must be crazy/drunk/angry. Read the book and then decide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read and some interesting details. I always liked Tyler Hamilton. The anti-douche vs. the ultimate douche (Lance). Its too bad he crashed so much and got popped. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Rozga
I found this book to be educational and easy to read. I learned a lot about the dark side of professional cycling.Published 1 month ago by J. DuBose
If you want an inside description of what was the cycling world at the time of Lance's career and the inside life of a doper (and ex-doper) this is a great book.Published 1 month ago by LEONARDO ANTONIO CARDOSO
This is an awesome book of the inside story of the crazy years of the postal team and beyond. It was interesting to go back and watch youtube videos of some of the stages Tyler... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Clear interesting detailed account of Tyler's side of the story, the Lance story, pro bike racing and doping in the Tour and other sports.Published 2 months ago by Semon Strobos