CURRENT STATUS updated.
It's in, and it's bad. See the next post for discussion and links as the arrive.
[A tip of the hat to emailer James A. Bianco who was first on it.]
The way it came out says that the UCI and WADA have learned not to shoot their mouths off. They seem to be keeping a tight lid on the result. Maybe now they have decided to take the high road and act in accordance with the official process. This is a tremendous improvement in their behavior. Can they keep it up, or will we get the historical trash talk?
A quote of the day from way back bears repeating:
The UCI can't let him win as that would cast doubt on the whole testing process, so expect a smear campaign to be launched both in the press and behind the scenes as this will a fight for the life of the UCI and WADA, which are bigger than Landis. (link)Legalize it, hand-wrings Monterey Herald.
Brad Kearns chips in with a discussion of nice guys who cheat, and believes that Floyd was metaphorically doing 37 in a 35 mph zone along with a lot of other guys, and that he's bitching about being the only one who got busted. Kearns is an ex-US champion and world #3 triathlete who now sells supplements and other food/dietary products.
BBC Forums continue to think him a guilty cheat, with no love lost on weaseling lawyers. They don't seem to think there are many clean cyclists anyway.
rec.bicycles.racing largely accepts Fine's conclusions about 1 in 31 false positive rate for CIR. One poster notes that this is very near the reported positive rate for all tests of all types, which is probably a coincidence. The "foolproof" quote comes in for much abuse.