News After sitting quietly at his hearing for five days, Landis was scheduled to be sworn in for testimony Saturday in the most-anticipated moment of an arbitration process he hopes will confirm he's the Tour de France champion. The world would get to hear Landis' version of events that led to a positive test for synthetic testosterone — and he should finally get a chance to put his spin on a case that has not been going well, at least from a public-relations standpoint.
The San Francisco Chronicle prints an AP piece by Eddie Pells on what promises to be an extraordinary day at that Floyd Landis vs USADA heairngs, Landis himself will at last take the stand in his own defense:
The VeloNews Antonio Gallegos analyzes yesterday's session of the Landis hearings noting that both USADA and Landis scored points on the science. The Landis team got USADA expert Dr Christiane Ayotte to admit to some irregularities on the part of the LNDD, though she felt none of those things would affect the final test results produced by the lab. This was countered by Landis expert witness Dr Bruce Goldberger:
In Goldberger's opinion, LNDD's chain of custody documentation and procedure for documenting errors calls into question the reliability of LNDD's lab work. He further testified that the poor quality of the chromatographs LNDD prepared and used to analyze at least one Landis's samples also call into question LNDD's work.
Another witness, Joe Papp former cyclist, discussed how he used testosterone gel to his advantage as a competitor, how it helped him recover from difficult stages of a bike race, and how he stayed under the detection limit in doing so thus contradicting Landis' claims that the PED for which he tested positive would be of no benefit
The Boulder Report's Joe Lindsey wonders why Greg LeMond testified on Thursday,and apparently everyone was caught off guard by what he said and the result therein:
After sitting quietly at his hearing for five days, Landis was scheduled to be sworn in for testimony Saturday in the most-anticipated moment of an arbitration process he hopes will confirm he's the Tour de France champion.
The world would get to hear Landis' version of events that led to a positive test for synthetic testosterone — and he should finally get a chance to put his spin on a case that has not been going well, at least from a public-relations standpoint.
In the end, I feel sorry for three people here: I feel sorry for Landis, because his defense deserved better than to be saddled with this. The arbitrators may well not take Geoghegan’s actions or LeMond’s testimony into account, but from a PR standpoint, it looked terrible for Floyd – his public hearing has backfired in the worst way imaginable.
And I feel sorry for Geoghegan. Yes, it was stupid, sophomoric and ill-considered. Not only did he intervene with a material witness (possibly a felony), he needlessly damaged Landis’ public image, and heckled LeMond about sexual abuse, of all things. Talk about hitting the trifecta. I’d love to say that I’ve never done anything that dumb, but I’ve certainly done dumb things when I was a kid – if a cop was around, I’d easily have been arrested for some of them. They just didn’t take place with reporters from the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times looking on. Geoghegan will forever be saddled with the moniker “Uncle Ron,” the name he reportedly used when he called LeMond. That’s going to be tough to ever get past. Geoghegan dredged up what was likely the worst experience in LeMond’s life and thoughtlessly scraped the wound raw. But I would like to see some compassion here from Greg: if you can, please, find it in your heart to forgive Will.
Lastly, I feel for LeMond. He’s been roundly vilified for his criticism of “our Lance.” I’ve talked to cyclists who viscerally hate him, I’ve read posts on message boards from people who flame him and brag about how they sold their LeMond bikes or taped over his name on the frame in protest. He’d just begun to move past that when this case threw it all back in the spotlight. And somehow we’re to believe he enjoys this?
The CyclingNews summarizes yesterday's Landis hearings noting that the testimony has reverted back to examining the scientific issues of the case.
The VeloNews Foaming Rant is disgusted with Floyd Lamdis and with Will Geoghegan's tactics against Greg LeMond revealed on Thursday. He thinks anyone who gave even a plug nickel to the FFF should demand their money back.
Rant is off to an early start today with his wrap up of yesterday's witnesses and the beginning of the defense. He finds no real evidence to support Joe Papp's assertions that testosterone helped him in recovery from long stages of bike races. Rant feels that USADA's "win at all costs" mentality is there for all to see in their willingness to sacrifice anyone to beat Landis. Rant then previews today's witnesses, two of whom will be Dr. Don Catlin, founder of the Olympic Analytical Laboratory at UCLA, and Floyd Landis himself Today should prove to be very challenging as well as interesting.
Opinio Juris has posted an opinion on witness tampering and possible obstruction of justice in arbitration hearings, specifically as it relates to Will Geoghegan during the Landis hearings this week. Thanks Judge Hue for the tip.
The Pain Train thinks one of the resosn that Greg LeMond testified this week at the Landis hearings is that he cannot stand to be forgotten.
Greg's Soapbox/ Therapy Couch thinks that things can't get any worse at the Landis hearings, and it's getting harder to believe Floyd all the time.
PelotonJim wants us to remember that what's happening in California is not the only or even best cycling game in town, there is the Giro D'Italia.
The Durruti Column thinks that cycling has indeed embarked on a "race to the bottom"
WorcesterRight wonders what we all do, what will Floyd Landis say today as he testifies in his own defense in the hearings at Pepperdine University.
Pommi is hoping for long recesses and a longer lunch break today so that he can be back home in time to see Floyd Landis on the stand.
Triple Crankset tells us what happened at yesterday's Landis hearings, and is excited about the prospect of Floyd Landis testifying in his own defense today. Crankset takes note of USADA trying to discredit Landis witness Dr. Bruce Goldberger yesterday, who then produced a surprise:
USADA attorneys were cross-examining Landis' first witness, University of Florida professor Bruce Goldberger, trying to puncture his credibility by getting him to admit his expertise wasn't specifically in steroid testing. Goldberger responded by producing a letter he recently received from the WADA-approved lab at UCLA, asking him to apply for the job recently vacated by lab director Don Catlin ... which quickly prompted a new line of questioning..
Burt Friggin Hoovis raced against USADA witness Joe Papp, ands Burt forgives him for doping, but thinks his testimony yesterday at the Landis hearings was irrelevant.
SportNet2 recites some of what Joe Papp talked about at the Landis hearings yesterday,including the pack of andro gel he held up, and also notes the science that was discussed.