'Proud of writing it but not proud of what's in it' is how disgraced cyclist Tyler Hamilton described winning the William Hill sports book of the year award this week.

The reason is that 'The Secret Race' tells the story of the former Olympic gold medallist and seven-times Tour de France rider's experience of doping - a cheating offence for which he was later banned.

The 41-year-old and his co-writer Daniel Coyle won the £24,000 prize for their candid insight into the life of a professional cyclist engaged in cheating at the highest level.

tyler hamilton book Tyler Hamilton in 2004


TV anchorman John Inverdale, who presented the pair with th award, aid The Secret Race was a book "that fundamentally changed cycling".

The book's revelations are made all the more pertinent by the high profile case of Lance Armstrong, the disgraced former seven-times Tour de France winner who is widely alleged to have doped his way to success but still denies the claims.

Hamilton, who cycled with Lance Armstrong on the US Postal Service team during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tours de France, urged his former teammate to come clean after collecting his award.

"For Lance Armstrong if he tells the truth he's going to be OK and he's going to be much better off if he tells the truth. We know the truth but everybody wants to hear it from him," he told The Telegraph.

In an emotional speech at a central London bookshop where the ceremony took place, Hamilton added: "I am truly humbled. I am really proud of writing the book but not proud of what is in it but it is the truth and the truth needed to be told."

Hamilton spent 18 months working on the boo with Coyle. It's success follows two other cycling books to have on the award in recent years, including Armstrong's own 'It's Not About The Bike' in 2000 and Paul Kimmage's 'Rough Ride' in 1990.

Elsewhere this week in Culture...

Loading Slideshow...
  • 19 November - 25 November

    The Photography Project Helping America Learn To Love Cannabis: 'Medicine' By Robyn Twomey <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/21/cannabis-photography-project-robyn-twomey_n_2170904.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture#slide=1788230">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 November - 25 November

    'Alien Face' Photographed In Northern Lights By Iurie Belegurschi <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/20/alien-face-photograph-northern-lights_n_2164949.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 November - 25 November

    Costa Book Awards 2012 Shortlists Announced <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/20/costa-book-awards-shortlist-2012_n_2165652.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 November - 25 November

    Is This The Iceberg That Sank The Titanic? <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/22/titanic-iceberg-picture_n_2175211.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture>READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 November - 25 November

    David Hockney's Favourite Tree Trunk 'Totem' That Inspired Paintings Of Yorkshire Countryside Ruined By Vandals <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/19/hockney-tree-trunk-vandals_n_2157697.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 November - 25 November

    Queen Portraits From Lucian Freud, Cecil Beaton And Andy As Windsor Castle Gears Up For One Last Diamond Jubilee Art Show <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/22/queen-portraits-windsor-castle-art-show_n_2174757.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 November - 25 November

    Meet Theo, The Unlikely Muse Behind These Incredible Hyper-Realistic Charcoal Drawings. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/14/robin-eley-hyperrealistic-paintings_n_2127538.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 November - 25 November

    The Dark Earth And The Light Sky (REVIEW): Tortured Poet Edward Thomas Brought To Life <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/19/the-dark-earth-and-the-light-sky_n_2161070.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 November - 25 November

    Bad Sex Award Book Nominations Announced: Who Do You Think Should Win? (VOTE) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/14/http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/20/bad-sex-book-awards-2012_n_2164791.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 November - 25 November

    Kate Middleton's Holiday Pics From Diamond Jubilee Visit To Borneo Released (PICTURES) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/21/kate-middletons-holiday-pictures_n_2170055.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 9 November - 16 November

    Photograph, Or Painting? <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/14/robin-eley-hyperrealistic-paintings_n_2127538.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 9 November - 16 November

    First Fashion Photographs Of Kate Moss, Aged 14, To Be Sold At Auction <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/12/kate-moss-first-fashion-shots_n_2116174.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 9 November - 16 November

    'Head Of A Young Apostle' By Raphael To Sell For £15m At Auction <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/16/head-of-a-young-apostle-auction_n_2143102.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 9 November - 16 November

    Street Artist Bambi Opens Solo Show In London <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/15/bambi-street-artist-solo-show_n_2136279.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 9 November - 16 November

    Death Exhibition Opens At Wellcome Collection <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/15/death-wellcome-collection_n_2135588.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 9 November - 16 November

    World Press Photo Contest Winners On Show At Southbank Centre <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/13/world-press-photo-contest-winners-2012_n_2122410.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 9 November - 16 November

    Dorothy Bohm Interview: 'I Remember Every Photograph I Take' <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/15/dorothy-bohm-interview_n_2137660.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 9 November - 16 November

    Urban Masters: Banksy, Shepard Fairey And Blek Le Rat Share Street Art Show In London <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/13/urban-masters-street-art-show_n_2121406.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 9 November - 16 November

    What Inspires Me: Judy Chicago <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/12/judy-chicago-interview_n_2117721.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 9 November - 16 November

    Where The Mangrove Grows (REVIEW): Joe Hammond's Heartbreaking Portrait Of Neglect <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/12/where-the-mangrove-grows_n_2118923.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 2 November - 9 November

    Sienna Miller Naked Portrait: Artist Jonathan Yeo Paints Pregnant Actress <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/06/sienna-miller-naked-portrait_n_2084975.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 2 November - 9 November

    What Inspires Me: Charlie Brooker <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/06/charlie-brooker-interview-2012-romney-books-black-mirror_n_2082614.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 2 November - 9 November

    Forests (REVIEW): Calixto Bieito Condenses The Spirit Of Shakespeare With Nudity And Violence <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/07/naked-shakespeare-forests-review_n_2087315.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 2 November - 9 November

    Andy Golub's Body Paint: Naked Wanderers And Surreal Human Murals <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/08/andy-golub-body-paint-art_n_2092618.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 2 November - 9 November

    Henry Moore's Draped Seated Woman Sold Off By Tower Hamlets Council To Meet Budget Cuts <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/08/henry-moore-sculpture-sold-london_n_2091431.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 2 November - 9 November

    How One Charity Is Tackling Complex Mental Health Problems Using The Simple Power Of Reading <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/05/reading-as-therapy-reader-organisation_n_2076568.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture"> READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 2 November - 9 November

    How Culture Is Changing The Face Of Belfast <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/08/belfast-culture-weekend-change_n_2091527.html?ref=topbar">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 2 November - 9 November

    Tiny Ripples Look Like Giant Tidal Waves In DebM's 'Waveart' (PICTURES) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/06/waveart-pictures_n_2084948.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 2 November - 9 November

    Obama Art: Paintings, Sculptures And Comics Inspired By President Barack Obama <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/06/obama-art_n_2081252.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 2 November - 9 November

    Spencer Tunick Marks Mexico's Day Of The Dead With Usual Battalion Of Nudes (PICTURES) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/06/spencer-tunick-marks-mexicos-day-of-the-dead-with-usual-battalion-of-nudes-pictures_n_2082180.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 26 October - 2 November 2012

    'Jimmy Savile Is Innocent' Exhibition Under Fire For Sexualised Picture Of Young Girl <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/26/jimmy-savile-innocent-art-show_n_2021509.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 26 October - 2 November 2012

    Kelly Brook In Forever Crazy At Crazy Horse Cabaret (REVIEW + PICTURES) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/02/kelly-brook-cabaret-show-forever-crazy-review_n_2063878.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 26 October - 2 November 2012

    'Nude Males' Art Show At Leopold Museum Sparks Controversy: Then Sells Out... (PHOTOS) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/01/made-nudes-art-show-austria_n_2056330.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 26 October - 2 November 2012

    Movember Moustaches From Great Artists And Authors <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/30/movember-moustaches-artists-authors_n_2044912.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 26 October - 2 November 2012

    Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse's 'Ghosts Of War' World War 2 Photos (PICTURES) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/29/juffrouw-teeuwisses-ghosts-war-photos_n_2037869.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 26 October - 2 November 2012

    'Theatre Ghost Picture Is Real' Insists Photographer Stuart Cheveralls - Are You Convinced? <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/29/theatre-ghost-real-interview_n_2041476.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 26 October - 2 November 2012

    Female Muses: The Inspiring Women Behind Great Artistic Men <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/02/female-muses-art-best_n_2064604.html?1351871055">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 26 October - 2 November 2012

    Frida Kahlo Quotes And Pictures: Celebrating Mexico's Icon On The Day Of The Dead <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/01/frida-kahlo-day-of-the-dead_n_2055106.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 26 October - 2 November 2012

    'Theatre Ghost Picture Is Real' Insists Photographer Stuart Cheveralls - Are You Convinced? <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/29/theatre-ghost-real-interview_n_2041476.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 26 October - 2 November 2012

    Nosferatu (REVIEW): 'Lumbering' Dracula Disappoints On Halloween <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/31/nosferatu-review_n_2053085.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 October - 26 October 2012

    War Art: 25 Artworks For Remembrance Day <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/25/war-art_n_2015651.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-arts">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 October - 26 October 2012

    Ai Weiwei's 'Gangnam Style' Dance Video Somewhat Surprises Art World <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/24/ai-weiwei-gangnam-style_n_2009921.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 October - 26 October 2012

    Sylvia Plath Quotes And Photos For Her Birthday! <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/26/sylvia-plath-quotes_n_2023162.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 October - 26 October 2012

    Ramon Bruin's Anamorphosic Drawings Add A Touch Of Gothic To 3D Art <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/23/ramon-bruin-3d-art_n_2004503.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-arts">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 October - 26 October 2012

    Dylan Thomas Quotes And Pictures: Happy Birthday, Dylan <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/26/dylan-thomas-quotes_n_2024413.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 October - 26 October 2012

    Body Artist Trina Merry Makes Motorcycles Out Of Nude Models <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/24/trina-merry-body-art-motorbikes_n_2009022.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-arts">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 October - 26 October 2012

    The Art Of Being Middle Class (EXTRACT) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/22/middle-class-rules_n_2000643.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-books">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 October - 26 October 2012

    Alison Jackson On Obama, Assange And Why 'Reality' Doesn't Really Matter (INTERVIEW) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/26/alison-jackson-interview_n_2024054.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-photography">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 October - 26 October 2012

    Meet Blink-182's Favourite Artist: Rich Simmons Sex-Inspired 'Just Be You Tiful' Show Opens In London <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/22/rich-simmons-street-art-blink-182_n_1999911.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-arts">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 19 October - 26 October 2012

    How To Tweet Like A Hobbit: 'The Wisdom of the Shire' By Noble Smith (EXTRACT) <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/25/tweet-like-a-hobbit_n_2015245.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>

  • 12 October - 19 October 2012

    Lizzy Jagger, Sir Ben Kingsley And Other Celebrities Pose Naked With Fish For Charity <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/15/naked-celebrities-fish-pictures_n_1967404.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-culture">READ FULL STORY</a>