LA Times reporter Michael Hiltzik follows up his own earlier stories by covering the WADA conference in Lausanne. They progressed a proposal to move away from "strict liability" on stimulants, but not steroids. Mr. Pound is caught engaging in, ahh, hyperbole, yeah, that's the word, when he claims that the value of sports drugs exceeds that of "marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined," or so someone told him.
VeloNews has an exclusive with journalist Maarten Michielssens who broke the Patrick Lefevere story:
VN: Why do you think all these people are choosing to talk now?
MM: Well, Ivan Basso said Patrick Lefévère was a hypocrite. Floyd Landis used the same words because Patrick Lefévère said that Floyd Landis was a criminal and should be kicked out forever. So Patrick Lefévère has made some enemies and even the people who are very close to him are not supporting him anymore when he says there are no drugs in our team and everyone else is dirty. Even his own people thought he should watch himself instead of kicking at others all the time. That's why some people were willing to talk. Even this guy from Mapei, the doctor, he called me himself.
CNN.Com posts a story citing Pereiro's clearance from doping allegations and his newly strengthened conviction that he should be declared the Tour de France champion should the Landis appeals fail:
"The whole thing was pathetic," Pereiro told the Spanish television station Antena 3. "I want them to apologise for the mistake and try to rectify the damage they have done.
"It makes me even more determined to be declared the winner of the Tour if it is taken away from (Floyd) Landis."
VeloNews posts that Quickstep riders are in disbelief about the recent allegations of a multi level doping program within the team, and are finding it difficult to be motivated. This, plus OP and the Landis affair, are cited as extremely damaging to the sport.
Eurosport reports that the AFLD has dropped its case against Pereiro. SI.Com and many other news outlet are reporting the same news.
Cyclingnews posts that WADA chief Dick Pound has asked the AFLD to delay its' proceedings against Landis. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the piece is that it reports that Landis' American hearing has been "reportedly" scheduled for March:
WADA president Dick Pound asked the French anti-doping agency AFLD "to suspend its investigation into Floyd Landis until the end of the American procedure," according to L'Equipe. Pound said he submitted his request to the agency in December.
Reportedly, Landis' first hearing before American authorities is scheduled in March--he faces a suspension of up to two years if found guilty. Any appeals would ultimately end up before the American Arbitration Association.
The San Diego Union Tribune rerpints the Dick Pound/WADA story mentioning the apparent inequities in the levels of punishment by different sports entities.
The New York Times writes that the NFL is beefing up not only its penalties for postitive PED results, but will also toughen its' testing methods by making greater use of the same carbon isotope tests performed on the Landis sample six months ago at the Tour de France.
PE.com has a nice write up about the Landis Power camp being held this week in Temecula, CA, and promises a further interview with Landis. See related stories below.
Rant can't believe the spin that WADA/Pound is attempting to put on how it feels about the Landis case.
Tim@Road Magazine confirms that Neil@Road is at the Landis Power Camp, even though we have yet to hear from him. It's been a tough week in Temecula!
On UTube this AM, during a break at work, I found this Cyclops video. It will give some idea of what Floyd's Power Camp is all about.
Thought of the Day
"Everything in moderation, including moderation"