The secret race: inside the hidden world of the Tour de France by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coy.

secret raceAn eye-opening and infuriating look at doping in cycling. The book is jointly written by Daniel Coyle, sports author, and Tyler Hamilton, professional cyclist.

Tyler competed at the top of the sport at a time when doping was at its most prevalent. Faced with a choice between cycling clean and losing or doping and winning, he started to dope.

The book shows how cyclists were cheating the system and details the complicity of the governing bodies. It’s a depressing read which has left me feeling rather cynical about the whole sport.

After reading, I was left with a question: whether cycling is indeed any cleaner now, or whether the cyclists have simply moved onto drugs or dosages which are harder to detect.

Well written and essential reading for any cycling enthusiast.

Elena

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