Tyler Hamilton’s book, ‘The Secret Race,’ reveals the doping underbelly of professional bike racing

Tyler Hamilton discussed his book on Today.

UPDATE (Jan. 18): Lance Armstrong admits to using performance enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Read More.

OCT. 16: The Secret Race has been nominated for the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize. Learn more in this story from Cycling News.

USADA REPORT: U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released its doping evidence against Lance Armstrong. Read the evidence.

Perhaps you saw Tyler Hamilton on the Today show this week, where he discussed The Secret Race, his confessional book about his life in bike racing before and after he tested positive in 2004 for having someone else’s blood in his system.

The details of the book can be harsh, notes Outside Magazine, which conducted a fascinating Q&A with Hamilton. For example: after Hamilton transfuses blood that has gone bad, he experiences a severe toxic reaction, urinates bright red blood,  but keeps racing. The book also undercuts the argument that, just because someone has passed a drug test, he or she is clean.

Read the Outside Magazine Q&A with Tyler Hamilton.

Hamilton also spoke with the Denver Post and told them he felt “vindicated” by Lance Armstrong’s recent decision not to fight the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency case against him. Find out why.

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