Tyler Hamilton To Reveal All About Armstrong – Cliff Notes

Tyler Hamilton dopingFormer American professional road bicycle racer, @Tyler Hamilton, is all set to tell all about Lance Armstrong doping in his soon-to-be-released book, “The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs.”

In the book, Hamilton has claimed that Lance Armstrong gave him an illegal blood booster before the 1999 Tour de France. He added that the teammates took blood transfusions together during the race the following year. The two cyclists rode together on the U.S. Postal Service team from 1998 to 2001.

The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs,” is set to be published on September 5.

Fourteen years of Armstrong’s competitive results, including his seven Tour de France titles have been erased by the U.S. Anti-doping Agency (USADA) after Armstrong not to fight drug charges of doping.

Hamilton went on to claim that a doping plan was put in place by the team during the 1999 Tour de France and Lance had knowledge of it. The plan included a motorcyclist riding behind racers with a thermos full of EPO that was meant to be dispended to team camper riders after race stages. It was further added that doctors, managers, and team leaders encouraged and supervised doping and use of performance enhancing drugs that were handed out to cyclists in white lunch bags. Hamilton also said after the 11th stage of the 2000 Tour de France, Lance and he sat near each other to take a blood transfusion under the watchful eye of team director Johan Bruyneel before the famous Ventoux mountain stage. He also said Lance told him that he tested positive for EPO at the 2001 Tour of Switzerland but was able to cover it up from the International Cycling Union.

“(Armstrong) took what we all took… there was EPO (erythropoietin)… testosterone… a blood transfusion,” Hamilton said in that interview. It was further alleged by Hamilton that a key Armstrong lieutenant during his seven Tour victories, former Postal rider George Hincapie, was also offered performance enhancing drugs while he rode for the team along with rider Kevin Livingston.

Hamilton won the time-trial at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and tested positive for blood doping but was allowed to keep his medal after the laboratory accidently destroyed his B sample by deep freezing it. In 2005, he tested positive for a blood transfusion and was banned for a period of two years. Tyler Hamilton was also associated with the Spanish doping scandal dubbed “Operation Puerto” in 2006 before he tested positive for anabolic steroids three years later. He received an eight-year ban after admitting that he used an over-the-counter treatment for depression. In a letter sent to family and friends on May 20, 2011, Hamilton admitted that he made use of performance-enhancing drugs and broke the rules.

In 2010, a former team-mate and deposed Tour de France winner Floyd Landis also accused Armstrong of making use of performance enhancing drugs and teaching others on how to avoid getting caught.

 

 

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