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The dark side of cycling
on 27 December 2012
Wow. I went into this book, because I read both of Lance Armstrong's books. I was convinced of Armstrong's innocence. Recently with all the controversy in the press I as this book and thought it was worth a look. Daniel Coyle said in his intorduction that he wrote this book as unfinished business he felt he had with Armstrong. He also said the one person who he would have liked to talk to about writing this book was Tyler Hamilton. Putting thes two ingredients together they have written an amazing book. Which ask hard questions, and puts the reader in the position Tyler we in. This is summed up in Tyler's statement "you worked out your whole life to get here then your told to get to the next level you have to do this. What wold you do?"
As I said book starts by saying it is unfinished business, the unfolds through the whole book. For Daniel it is at he was left 50 50 about Armstrong's guilt. For Tyler it is about getting his side of the story out there. Tyler's story is ingrossing. He starts out as a promising young rider doing well on the American cycling circuit. Then he moves to Europe and he is suddenly in the middle of what he calls superhuman performance. For a while he takes heart he can compete with the doped up athletes. He starts becoming privy to the elete athletes getting secret little white bags. Finally seeng his potential he is invited ino he club. "What wold you do?"
The next question to answer is if everyone is doing it doesn't that just make it an even playing field? As Tyler says with all things being even the one who works the hardest wins. Wrong it is the one with the best system of getting and adnimistering the drugs wins. In his case it is th Godfather Lance Armstrong. You see relationship between Tyler and Armstrong change from friends/lutenent to rival/enemy.
I honestly do not think Tyler hates Armstrong, I thnk the part that gets him and probably every other cyclist of he era is Armstrong the biggest named user is the one that got away with all the money and fame. As a reader we are given a look at be dark side Armstrong as well as his charismatic appeal. As well as the rewards of being on his good side then the danger and punishments of crossing him. The book gives some examples of possibly how high up Armstrong's influence could be reaching, and how well connected and protected he was and still is. A great book and a gret story, with real life drama. Get it and enjoy.