Professional cycling has been brought in to the limelight lately, and what’s being exposed isn’t pretty. With no shortage of content, Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle co-authored The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs ($17).
While most have already accepted that Lance Armstrong likely used performance-enhancing drugs at some point in his career, Hamilton and Coyle go further into the larger phenomenon, taking readers down a rabbit hole of malleable doctors, blind-eyed team directors, and athletes who push their bodies to the physical and moral limit. Was the USADA’s cry to “clean-up the sport” merely a disguised, personal witch hunt based on a specific vendetta against Armstrong? Perhaps, but the number of cyclists that have admitted to or been tested positive for doping has undoubtedly left not only scars, but gaping wounds on the sport of professional cycling. Guilty or not, this book fascinates and captures the sport in a definitive, albeit unflattering, way.
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