Just about every page in The Secret Race, to be released Wednesday, is about Armstrong, a teammate of Hamilton's on the U.S. Postal Service cycling team. Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, has maintained that he "never doped" and that he has "passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one." Hamilton's book says that's not true, and it comes out just two weeks after Armstrong was banned for life from competition and stripped of his titles by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Armstrong declined to fight USADA's charges, saying its witnesses testified against hiim "out of spite" or personal gain. The witnesses included Hamilton, whose book offers a firsthand account of rampant doping in cycling, including details about how the team avoided testing positive for drugs and how Armstrong used his power to influence and intimidate those who might reveal his secrets.
"Lance worked the system - hell, Lance was the system," Hamilton writes in a book co-authored with Daniel Coyle.
Tyler Hamilton was on the Today Show - Listen to the interview: