Yesterday, the B Sample test was scheduled, and even that couldn't be done without confusion and controversy.
- News reports said the UCI had demanded the test without Landis's letter.
- Landis spokesman said letter had been faxed to the UCI
- UCI denied receiving the FAX
- On Larry King and earlier, Floyd said the FAX was to be sent to the USCF (the US federation), not the UCI, and that he was going to do it on Friday or Saturday.
If the test had not been scheduled on Monday for later in the week, it's possible it might have been delayed for several weeks. If Floyd had sent the FAX on the latest possible day, Wednsday, and the UCI not acted, it might have gotten strung out. No explanation has been given why Floyd's FAX didn't go out as originally indicated, nor has there been clarification whether the UCI received the FAX, nor an explanation of why last week it was to go to the USCF and this week the UCI.
There are also the bombshell reports from back channels that the A sample tested positive for exogenous testosterone. This raises other questions:
- Is that information in the initial result given to Landis, Phonak, USCF and the UCI?
- If not, in what result is it present?
- If so, why didn't the Floyd camp discuss it last week?
In the best case, there is no positive IRMS result, and someone has been feeding, garbage to L'Equipe and the NY Times to smear Landis, and he only needs to defend on the T/E ratio.
In the worst case, he knew of the positive IRMS. He lied through his teeth last week both about what he did and what he knew. Then, he tried to delay the B test for another two weeks while dithering with his defense strategy with a dog-ate-my-fax story.
None of the latter seems consistent with what we believe of his historical directness. I'm still holding onto theory A, he's being smeared, but has some testing to do on the T/E ratio.