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  • Tyler Hamilton alleges in his book, "The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs," that Lance Armstrong, shown here in 1999, gave him an illegal blood booster at his house before the 1999 Tour de France and the two teammates compared notes on using performance-enhancing drugs as far back as 1998.

      Tyler Hamilton alleges in his book, "The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs," that Lance Armstrong, shown here in 1999, gave him an illegal blood booster at his house before the 1999 Tour de France and the two teammates compared notes on using performance-enhancing drugs as far back as 1998.
    Associated Press

  • Shortly after Tyler Hamilton beat Lance Armstrong in a race in 2004, he found himself in the offices of the international cycling federation, asked to explain himself.

      Shortly after Tyler Hamilton beat Lance Armstrong in a race in 2004, he found himself in the offices of the international cycling federation, asked to explain himself.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Tyler Hamilton says writing his tell-all book about Lance Armstrong felt like taking "a thousand-pound backpack" off his shoulders.

Hamilton tells The Associated Press he always thought he'd take some of the secrets about doping and cycling to the grave with him.

But he says his world changed when he received a subpoena to testify to a grand jury looking into the Armstrong case.

The 41-year-old Hamilton, who rode with Armstrong on the U.S. Postal Service team from 1998 to 2001, details the years he spent lying about using performance-enhancing drugs and his relationship with Armstrong in his book, "The Secret Race, Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-Ups and Winning at All Costs."

The book was released Wednesday.

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