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The Secret Race, by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle: Tour de France winner lifts lid on doping, cover-ups and what drove Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong's continuing denial that he took performance-enhancing drugs is at odds with claims made by his former team-mate, Tyler Hamilton, in a new book.

Hamilton's book The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France - Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs (Bantam Press) alleges that Armstrong was doping during his first three Tour de France wins.

Himself banned three times after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, former Tour winner Hamilton claims Armstrong was so open about using EPO he would keep it in the fridge, next to the milk.

The book was conceived in 2009, when Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner at a restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. The two had met five years before while Coyle was writing his bestselling book, Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force.

During the interim years, however, Tyler had been sitting on a lot of information he had not previously disclosed, not just about Armstrong but the sport of cycling in general. He finally wanted to come clean, about everything: the doping, the lying, his years as Armstrong's teammate on the US Postal team.

He had spent a decade, he confessed, spent running from the truth. Over the next 18 months, Hamilton would tell his story in explosive detail, never sparing himself in the process. The result is The Secret Race, a book that pulls back the curtain on the secret world of professional cycling, a world populated by driven and sometimes flawed characters, where any means to get an edge was worthy of consideration.

In the book, Hamilton describes Armstrong as being "haunted by what others might be doing" and obsessed with keeping one step ahead of his rivals, while having no fear of getting caught.

Hamilton also reveals his own mantra for beating the drug testers. "Tip one: Wear a Watch. Tip Two: Keep your cellphone handy. Tip three: Know your glowtime, how long you'll test positive after you take the substance. What you'll notice is that none of these things is particularly difficult to do. That's because the tests were very easy to beat."

Buy The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France - Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs direct from Amazon.co.uk

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