Quote of the Day
The confirmation of a doping offence comes after 'A', 'B', and then the hearing. We have to suspend our judgement until all the facts have been identified and then been put before the independent hearing. (link)News
We're still waiting for the USADA Review Board recommendation, which was expected yesterday. Let's play the speculation game while waiting. Some reasons why it might be taking longer than expected:
- It's complicated, and they really haven't decided.
- They've decided, but want an appeal-proof recommendation.
- They've decided, and are planning PR for release, perhaps with WADA, UCI and/or Landis.
The Landis side is silent too.
In the meantime...
Floyd wins the USACycling NRC title, on the basis of the Tour of California and Tour of Georgia wins.
Howard Jacobs gets a puff-piece at USA Today. Beginning of a PR Blitz? He's an ex-triathlete who once prosecuted a doping case. A USADA guy suggested he move to defense as a specialty, and the rest is history. He doesn't seem to have too many wins against USADA, but he doesn't get his choice of clients. A dismissal for Floyd could be a career-defining case for him. In a sidebar, he advocates more discretion for arbiters, backing away from the strict liability standard. He cites the Zach Lund case as one where justice could have been better served.
EPO Test is not good, explains the BBC at some length. Moderation in acceptance of test infallibility is a good idea.
Analysis of defense and related WADA code Article 3.2 at That's Amateur.
Floyd, Axel Charity Event, SoCal in October, according to Merckx's site. They must still be friends. Axel has a "?" where his schedule lists "next race." Could be hoping for a slot on Floyd's team next year.
Blogger reposts Rant's version of The Hearing.
It adds up to something, in this prophetic blog.
At the Beeb, feelings are much more negative about Landis and Armstrong than they are in US based discussions.