Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Quick Thoughts on Tyler Hamilton's Book

I just got done reading Tyler Hamilton's book, and all I can say is "Wow".  I know that his credibility may be called into question given some of the lies he's told over the years, but the level of detail and specificity described in the book makes it hard for me to believe that he's saying anything other than the truth.  And I've definitely come away from it feeling stronger than ever that Lance was been doped up all these years.  A few noteworthy takeaways:

  • I was amazed at all the planning and precision of the doping programs by the top teams and how everything was so carefully timed and executed.
  • It was interesting to read about how all the riders had so much information about the doping methods used by their rivals, and how they all knew who was/wasn't doped up.
  • Lance was an unbelievable control freak and bullied everyone who got in his way.  He was even more of an SOB than I had previously imagined.
  • Illegal practices or not, Michele Ferrari was a genius scientist/doctor that you had to grudgingly admire for his knowledge of the human physiology, training methods, diet, and of course performance-enhancing drugs.  I loved the story about Lance getting worried about Pantani's solo breakaway during a Tour stage, and getting Bruyneel to call Ferrari on the phone to run some quick calculations to confirm that Pantani would eventually blow...which he did.
  • Recreational riders are going to start using the term "not normal" on their weekend club rides from now on.