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Tyler Hamilton book wins William Hill prize

Cycling News
November 26, 2012, 16:44,
November 26, 2012, 16:44
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, November 26, 2012
Bobby Julich will not try to get the silver after Tyler Hamilton gave back his 2004 Olympic gold

Bobby Julich will not try to get the silver after Tyler Hamilton gave back his 2004 Olympic gold

  • Bobby Julich will not try to get the silver after Tyler Hamilton gave back his 2004 Olympic gold
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"The Secret Race" named sports book of the year

Tyler Hamilton and ghost writer Daniel Coyle have won the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for "The Secret Race”, Hamilton’s confessional account of his career as a professional rider.

“The Secret Race” details Hamilton’s decision to dope during his career and provides a startling insight into the systematic doping programme in place at Hamilton and Lance Armstrong’s former US Postal Service team. Hamilton’s book also heavily implicates his former CSC manager Bjarne Riis in the blood doping practices of Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes.

William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe paid tribute to “The Secret Race” for shedding light on the “mysterious world of cycling,” saying it “lifts the lid on that world and delivers a shocking and jaw-droppingly frank account of what it’s like to compete at the highest level.”

“The Secret Race” is the third cycling book to win the William Hill prize, which is now in its 24th year. Paul Kimmage took the award in 1990 for “Rough Ride” while, somewhat ironically, Lance Armstrong and ghost writer Sally Jenkins were feted in 2000 for Armstrong’s memoir “It’s Not About the Bike.”

Hamilton and Coyle receive a £24,000 cash prize as well as a free £2,000 bet with bookmakers William Hill, a specially commissioned hand-bound copy of their book and “a day at the races.”

Published in September, “The Secret Race” recounts Hamilton’s career in the first person but the information is backed up by extensive research by Coyle, who states in the introduction that he interviewed Hamilton more than 60 times and also spoke with numerous independent sources “to verify and corroborate Hamilton's account."





spinrod More than 1 year ago
little rat...........
Silver Bullet More than 1 year ago
little carpet sweeper....
Matthew Lab More than 1 year ago
He is such a puke.
JackSpoke More than 1 year ago
This book has been good for cycling on the whole but one cannot help but feel that Tyler (and others) took financial advantage of his doping years and is now also benefiting financially from his post doping years. Where is the punishment for all the cheating? Giving up titles and medals one does not care for is not punishment - returning prize money and compensating those who got robbed of prize money because of your cheating is.
JackSpoke More than 1 year ago
Tyler's book has done a lot for cycling but one cannot help but think that Tyler got away with making money while doping and now he is getting away with making money from his doping still. To give up medals and titles that do not interest him anymore is not (real) punishment. To repay a portion of the prize winnings from his doping years is.
JackSpoke More than 1 year ago
Moderator. Why are my comments to this article not being published?
shadoracer72 More than 1 year ago
It's sickening how this guy is now rewarded for being a cheat! It's also ridiculous that Hamilton feels compelled to comment on all the things he thinks should be done to clean up cycling. What Tyler Hamilton should do is donate all the proceeds from his book to the fight against doping instead of lining his pockets!
PhatPhred More than 1 year ago
Believe Tyler, well this time
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
He helped us get to the truth and exposed the cancer jesus.
Macknulty More than 1 year ago
"Tyler Hamilton and ghost writer win award".Tyler this is just another prize you stole from somebody else.
flythebike More than 1 year ago
I paused at buying Hamilton's book because I did not want to enrich a drug cheat. In the end Hamilton comes off as a sympathetic figure. After basically being turned in by Lance, Hamilton lost his whole life. He lost his career, his marriage, and his modest fortune. While the lying and cheating is a permanent mark on his character, I find it hard to begrudge him whatever earnings this book has garnered for him. Yes, as Steve Tilford put it, dopers stole life stories from others and that is the worst kind of thievery. But it took courage for Hamilton to provide this account, and I think he deserves our forgiveness.