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on 11 October 2012
Great book...not quite finished it but superb for cycling enthusiasts or not.

Hamilton comes across pretty well, but he clearly got sucked into the world of doping and to be honest didn't try too hard not to. The sad fact is that as he keeps saying "you're either in or out" when it came to doping....lance it seems more 'in' than most. With the USADA report on armstrong today as i write you can't help feeling that hamilton may be entitled to feel relieved that at last some truth about the whole system is finally coming to the forefront. Armstrong in particular comes across as pushy, relentless and although undoubtedly talented also missing in what really matters...ethics. Hamilton is possibly a sensitive individual who couldnt keep up the lies and although also uber-talented and it appears impervious to pain he just couldnt live with himself. The worrying facts most of all are that it appears the UCI where/are more aware of the situation than they would like to admit and that the sport itself has become so intensive that doping is the only way to complete the schedule never mind actually win. The biggest indictment is that it appears cycling does/has excepted that doping is standard procedure and basically all who become involved are sucked in and spat out the other side....some like lance embrace it and prosper....the less single minded like hamilton are left emotionally bereft. It could come across as a finger pointing exercise from hamilton with the blame singularly pointed towards armstrong but he doesnt seem like that sort of person and more than anything he at all times admits his involvement so you get the feeling his accusations are pointed more at the sport itself and the governing bodies more than individuals. You do wonder though how the ruling bodies could be so out of touch with the level of doping going on and in turn whether or not time has been called on them too....

Aside from the central themes it is a great read, very funny, doesnt seem ghost written and despite the central theme of doping you still get the feeling you are reading about some of the greatest athletes of all time (what they go through is incredible)....which is even sadder as hamilton (and some others) clearly came to point where they could fool themselves no longer and wished the sport in general was clean to make redundant the 'level playing field' armstrong believed doping enabled.
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