The Galesburg, IL Register Mail files a Copley News Service report that Landis stopped in (presumably on Thursday Jan 11, though no date is specified) unexpectedly to ask senate majority whip Dick Durbin for support:
The place is bustling. Durbin welcomes three new interns. Landis and his entourage have dropped in to ask for Durbin's help. Landis could be stripped of his Tour de France title if charges that he took testosterone to enhance his performance are upheld. Landis tells Durbin he is "looking for someone to look at the system," which he says presumes athletes are guilty. Durbin asks a few polite questions about the status of his case before an aide says he has a call he needs to take.
The Star Journal Register carries the same Copley News Service story cited above.
The IHT has a Sam Abt report on the AFLD hearing in Paris to be held Feb. 8, and gives further details on the negotiation of the date and representation at the hearing itself:
"Floyd's legal team has been working with the AFLD to ensure that this hearing is conducted fairly and without bias," said Michael Henson, a Landis spokesman, in an e-mail message Sunday. "If the AFLD continues to act in accordance with the rule of law and principles of justice foundational to any modern democratic society, then Floyd and his defense team are confident that this hearing will be fairly adjudicated."Which gives more reasons why that was the time for the FFF to open and for Landis to lawyer up.
BTW, the IHT site has also adopted a more 'normal' format that is easier than the old "modern" one that didn't scroll and made you click through a bunch of horizontally oriented pages. Yay!
The Australian Sport posts an article featuring Phil Liggett's opinions on Operation Puerto, the Landis investigation, and the Pro Tour controversy:
Respected commentator Phil Liggett fears self-interest and mismanagement by the sport's governing body, the UCI, poses a greater threat than the drug scandal that struck the Tour de France a year ago.
VeloNews has an interview with new Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme. Amongst his comments is the following:
Q: Concerning the Floyd Landis case, do you have confidence in the French labs who made the tests despite claims that mistakes were made?
CP: It's down to the USADA and the U.S. cycling federation. I learned yesterday that Landis is to face a case brought by the French Cycling Federation on February 8 in Paris. Whether he's there or not, I can say that at the bottom of this affair, the laboratory at Châtenay-Malabry is very serious and responsible. I don't have the slightest doubt about that.
The Boston Globe carries a story largely concerning Tyler Hamilton's struggles, but it has defenite relevance (and some reference) to the Landis case.
DPF works on understanding the performance-enhancing effects of Testosterone, and comes up with some studies with graphs. All appear to address multiple dose over weeks, not single dose effects, but discussion continues. This arose from questions whether Landis made any sense in his comments about testosterone effects.
Racejunkie does an inventory of "displaced/injured" riders, finishing up with Floyd's "new" hip and how it might be wasted.
Rant spins some AFLD scenarios, notes DNA testing fiasco with the Duke Lacrosse case (lab screws it up and prosecutor compounds) and compares to USADA/WADA process. Finally, he pats Lance on the back for helping out on the big C.
Yesterday's Mishmash post drew flak in a comment here. Anon here promised to straighten Mishmash out, and I'm happy to report his comment there is reasonable and does credit to the readership. But he forgot to plug TBV, sigh.
On the other hand, our link to Tom Skinner last week drew some less well-formed comments to his site, which have resulted in some unenlightening exchanges, including lumping TBV with FFF when it comes to denial and living in la-la land. And he didn't want the traffic, thanks very much, especially from people who disagree with him. Someone offers a pointer to the Stolen Underground site, thinking Matt DeCanio has something to offer on the topic of doping. If you care, you can google to them yourself.