Cyclingnews produces part two of the saga of Oscar Pereiro's long wait with little Landis content other than the following quote:
"It is different... I have become very well known. I cannot walk down the street without being recognised," he said. "Every two or three days there is more news about the Tour. For example, today Landis speaks, blah blah blah. There is too much stress."
CityBikesMike passes on a letter written by Chris Fortune of Saris Cycling Group who is a friend of Mikes. This marks an escalation in the public support from Saris, a sponsor who did not disconnect from Landis when The Trouble started. Saris also ran the January training camp for Landis.
Dear fellow industry members:
I am writing this letter today on behalf of Floyd Landis, both in support and in defense of his character. Saris Cycling Group and I have supported and will continue to support Mr. Landis. Floyd has always been a man with integrity, one who has followed through with every commitment he has made to us. The damage done to his previously flawless reputation alone is cause for us to come together, and call attention to the injustices that have been brought against him. Over the course of the past eight months, Floyd has been fighting an uphill battle against WADA, USADA, the UCI and the people who have brought the lawsuits against him. In the United States, the law states that one is innocent until proven guilty. Floyd has been held guilty until proven innocent during this entire ordeal.
Not only do I believe Floyd's word, but also his use of our PowerTap during the Tour gives cold hard data to show that his performance was not out of the ordinary. All of his data from Stage 17 indicates that his performance fell within his normal training zones. Details can be viewed at our website: http://www.saris.com/athletes/PermaLink,guid,c6e3591a-1445-404b-a16d-bd1962ec8c2c.aspx
Many of his friends and supporters have abandoned him since the Tour, leaving him with staggering legal fees. A fund has been set up in his name, The Floyd Fairness Fund, http://www.floydfairnessfund.org/, with all proceeds going to help Floyd pay these fees. I am asking you to help out, not for the Floyd whose reputation has been tarnished, but for the Floyd who is dear to us. I have personally known Floyd to be a man with integrity, pride, and an obvious love and dedication to the sport.
Included are some links from the Los Angeles Times and Fox Sports.com. Please read these. They offer a bit more of an unbiased viewpoint.
Please forward this on to anyone you know that you think would be interested in helping Floyd.
Thank you all for your time and consideration.
Saris Cycling Group, Inc.
ph) 608 274-6550, ext. 124
fax) 608 274-1702
Crash Fistfight finally catches up on his vacation blogging. Part of which involves a stage of the ToC with a "Landis sighting" near the finish line.
gnat23 talks about the final stage of the ToC , going to the FFF presentation in San Pedro, the Landis army of men in suits, and "job offers" with fringe benefits from the Landis team. She is charmingly delusional.
Speaking of delusions, limegreeny was positively "swoony" over FL during a stage of the ToC. And the comments support it.
Peterson-Weaver-Wilson-Curtin-Remington (et al) Family Blog went to Long Beach FFF and has some pix.
Barkdust only almost saw Landis at the ToC, but he's a TBV reader so we'll link anyway.
Phantom Reflections is bummed about Ullrich, but glad Landis is fighting. We think age and bank balances have a lot to do with both decisions.
Go Faster Jim says much the same, only he's also worried about the fairness of the hearing process.
PJ at Endless Cycle amplifies Rant's comments about the possible effects of rushing the B sample test. In a comment, Ed adds an afterthought,
"am I the only one who wants to see more of Floyd’s smoking hot wife?"
Amber, consider this a make up for limegreeny above.
TBV (that's us!) talks about uncertainty in the CIR, and the discussion is picked up at DPF.
Chris Writes about following the ToC, and intends to follow up on Landis and Mr. Pound. He'a a believer.
Rant talks about being an early adopter, and LNDD's IsoPrime. We're still not sure if there's smoke or only fire there with old software versions.
At Topix, Pommi provides proof the AFLD and USADA LDPs differ, by way of a picture of the slide we'd seen at the SF FFF event.
In this, we see that the USADA version has incorrect sample numbers, and the AFLD version has the numbers "corrected" with writing that is not struckthrough, dated and signed, yet each document was presented to the agency as the one true original. (click the image for full size).
Thought for the Day
"If you're in a boxing match, try not to let the other guy's glove touch your lips, because you don't know where that glove has been." -jh-