Tyler Hamilton to Release Book with Steroid Allegations Against Lance Armstrong

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American cyclist Tyler Hamilton will soon release his tell-all book containing allegations that Lance Armstrong used testosterone, steroids, erythropoietin (EPO) and other prohibited blood boosting techniques. “The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs” is set to be released by the publisher on September 5, 2012. The publication date was announced after Armstrong revealed he would not fight the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) decision to strip him of his seven Tour de France titles for doping.

Hamilton was banned from competitive cycling for two years by USADA after he failed an anti-doping control at the 2004 Vuelta a España. His blood sample indicated the presence of another person’s blood suggesting Hamilton was guilty of a blood transfusion. His legal team appealed to the Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) and claimed that Hamilton was a “chimera”. The “vanishing twin” supposedly accounted for the foreign DNA in his blood sample. The incredulous excuse was rejected by the CAS.

A federal grand jury later subpoenaed Hamilton to testify against Lance Armstrong in 2010. Federal prosecutors were investigating allegations of systematic doping and distribution by Armstrong and the United States Postal Service pro cycling team. Hamilton admitted using a variety of banned performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) including anabolic steroids and EPO. He also fingered Armstrong and other teammates as steroid and/or EPO users.

Hamilton publicly confessed to doping on an episode of the television investigative news show “60 Minnutes”. He publicly revealed some of the allegation he made against Armstrong during grand jury testimony.

Hamilton is one of two former teammates of Lance Armstrong who vehemently denied using PEDs while fighting the charges in the CAS only to later admit to using PEDs. Floyd Landis was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title after testing positive for exogenous testosterone. He spent almost $2 million dollars proclaiming his innocence during arbitration and at the CAS. He eventually admitted to using PEDs and identified Armstrong as the leader of doping among the USPS team. Other members of the USPS team also reportedly corroborated the charges before a federal grand jury and USADA.

Armstrong has consistently denied using PEDs even after being banned for life from competing in sports.


Associated Press. (August 29, 2012). Tyler Hamilton book now set for Sept. 5 release. Retrieved from