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Hamilton to release autobiography

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Tyler Hamilton got his Giro stage during the 2002 edition. Photo ©: Sirotti/www.sirotti.it

Tyler Hamilton got his Giro stage during the 2002 edition. Photo ©: Sirotti/www.sirotti.it
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Armstrong leads Hamilton in the 2003 Tour de France

Armstrong leads Hamilton in the 2003 Tour de France
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Tyler Hamilton back in 2003. He's the only American to have won the race

Tyler Hamilton back in 2003. He's the only American to have won the race
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Tyler Hamilton raced the Tour de Romandie to great success in 2003 and 2004, winning both editions. However, the 34 year-old was handed a two-year suspension for blood doping last Tuesday, April 19, ruling him out of this year's event.

Tyler Hamilton raced the Tour de Romandie to great success in 2003 and 2004, winning both editions. However, the 34 year-old was handed a two-year suspension for blood doping last Tuesday, April 19, ruling him out of this year's event.
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Tyler Hamilton (Phonak)

Tyler Hamilton (Phonak)
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Former Olympic gold medallist and teammate of Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton will release a tell-all autobiography on September 18.

Titled 'The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs', the expose is co-written by Daniel Coyle who authored 'Lance Armstrong's War'.

"When Tyler and I started talking, I realized this was an historic opportunity," said Coyle. "No one's ever had a ticket behind the wall of silence, behind locked doors, onto the team bus. Over the past two years, in more than 200 hours of interviews and trips to key locations in Spain and France, Tyler has given me complete access to his story. To verify and corroborate his account, I've also talked to numerous independent sources, including former teammates, several of whom are going on the record for the first time. This is a classic tale of human ambition and the consequences of trying to win at any cost."

Hamilton explained that his time in front of a grand jury during the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into Lance Armstrong's alleged doping practices he realised that there was a story that needed to be told.

"I kept it all inside for way too long and I realized it was a story that needed to be told. I think when people learn how it really was - how it worked, how we did it, what it felt like - they'll see that this story is bigger than any one individual in the sport. It's really about making choices when you're pushed to the edge and deciding what you're willing to do to compete. I want to take people inside our world so they can understand the lives we lived."