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A Shocking Indictment of Lance Armstrong and the UCI,
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This review is from: The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs (Paperback)
This is one of the best books I've ever read. Anyone who has even a vague interest in cycling will not be able to put it down.
Hamilton shy's away from nothing and is frank and disarmingly honest in his account of the biggest cover up in the history of sport.
It's now clear there were more dopers than clean riders in the peleton in his era. Some did so by choice.
Anybody connected with Armstrong, his team or anyone who wanted to be an inhabitant on Planet Lance had a stark choice:
Dope, or leave professional cycling if you have any designs on being a player.
The power and influence that Armstrong was able to wield not only within his team but within cycling and its governing body the UCI is truly frightening. LA didn't just have cancer, he WAS the cancer of a sport embroiled in doping scandals.
After the Festina scandal, instead of easing off, Armstrong went full bore, dragging himself and US Postal even deeper into the murky and clandestine world of doping and blood transfusions.
Hamilton has to be applauded for his concise account of all that went on and deserves full recognition for facing his past and exposing Armstrong for what he is: An egotistical megalomaniac who wrecked careers on a whim, a monster who would make even Narcissus blush.