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USADA finally announced Joe Papp's suspension. It was signed on May 17. He's getting two years, and DQ of results back to 2001. So "the deal" is they treated all his admissions as a single offense. Naturally no word on the traffiking angle that came out when he testified at the Landis hearing.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Phil Sheridan feels that no matter the outcome of the recently completed Landis hearings, Floyd Landis is a loser and cycling is a filthy sport.
World News and Christian Views prints Floyd Landis' reputation , no matter the final outcome of the hearings recently completed in California, will be forever marred.
FoxSports On MSN says that a time bomb has been lit and that 6 weeks or so from now, when the Landis arbitration panel is expected to render its decision it may go off. In a piece filled with alleged French conspiracy theories, and the mud that was created by the LeMond fiasco Floyd Landis is seen as someone whose reputation may have been besmirched by that mud. He scored points with accusations that the LNDD was badly run, as were some of his tests, but whether that will be enough to produce a favorable outcome remains to be seen.
Sportinggo has a doctor write about how sick cycling really is in light of the current revelations, but has this to say about Landis:
Let it be known that I would be happy to ‘pull my head in’ if the court finds in favour of Landis. I have just as much disdain for sloppy laboratory processes because in my game, Medical Science, sloppy lab procedures could end up killing patients. The standards should be no different in anti-doping labs.
CyclingNews Letters go back and forth, less pro-Lemond than you might have expected.
Not sure we got this before. A comment points to a good Philly.com piece by Bob Ford about the hearing, and how the results seem fore-ordained to be a 2-1 conviction.
Rant tales a look at the "call" referenced last week in the Landis hearing by Greg LeMond and ruminates about why LeMond would testify. In a later post Rant takes a look at the suspension that Joe Papp received from USADA and that he signed off on it the day before his testimony in the Landis hearings.
The First 100 Miles is waiting patiently for a Landis decision, and while she is saddened by all of the Telekom doping admissions, she is not looking forward to defending cycling to friends. Such is the current cross cycling fans bear.
misterbicycle wants his subscription canceled, they all cheat.
Sirened says it's now official,cycling should just legalize doping.
Who Sport What reflects that there are No heroes in cycling after the admission of doping by Bjarne Riis, and he may be right.
Ajiva feels that the admissions of doping from European riders, such as Riis, make the "Circus Landis" hearings look absurd, and that Floyd should feel shame.
Environmental Chemisty, who we credited with a READ THIS standalone, follows up with a rebuke of LNDD's Chain of Custody:
[M]y connection to drug testing and COC protocols has drawn me to the drug doping hearings of last year's Tour de France winner Floyd Landis. Given what has been exposed during the hearings over the past week and a half, if I were being tested now, by the WADA accredited French testing laboratory LNDD I might not be so confident my tests were being handled properly. I was absolutely horrified to read the testimony of the witnesses and what it has exposed about LNDD. I was especially appalled by what was exposed during the testimony of Dr. Simon Davis
Phantom Reflections passes on the state of the coffers:
Velonews is reporting that Floyd Landis has all but exhausted his legal defense funds. This means that if he is found guilty, he doesn't have the cash for an appeal. You can add driving riders to poverty right after character assassination, which apparently are both in the charters of the USADA, WADA, and at least hinted at by the UCI.
(We're reminded we don't link as many Velonews stories as we should, and I think it has something to do with they're not showing up well in various searches. Don't be surprised to see a bunch of links to Jason Sumners's good reports all at once.)
I'm Pretty Sure We've Heard This One Before thinks that the Landis hearing was like watching "The Big Lebowski", and he still thinks Floyd is guilty, and wants him to be honest and come clean.
Who Sport What talks about TBV in his latest blog entry.
Blame the D*** Computer thinks that the whole Landis saga is very sad. Thanks for the plug.
QuickRelease.tv wants everyone to vote, and thanks for the compliment.
The FredCast Podcast has an update on the completed Landis hearings, and other cycling topics.
Bicycle Races are coming Your Way is convinced that that it takes two and that not only do the cyclists need to come clean, but so do the governing bodies controlled the sport.
An Athlete's Rise and Fall in the World feels that the alleged intimidation tactics used by Floyd Landis' former manager are confusing at best, and that if synthetic testosterone was found in Landis' sample it was there, period.
Agent Holly notes what seems to be book tour:
..Floyd Landis, winner of the 2006 Tour de France, signing copies of Positively False
- 6/27/07 12:30 PM at Bryant Park Reading Room - 42nd Street. New York, NY.
- 6/27/07 7:00 PM at Bookends - East Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood, NJ.
- 6/29/07 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Red Rose Commons. Lancaster, PA.
- 7/2/07 7:00 PM at Chester County Book & Music Co. – Paoli Pike. West Chester, PA.
Oz Report complains about Landis hearing coverage by the mainstream media. We don't rate, but the echo chamber takes over and our note gets picked up by HighClearing.
Proleptic Life thinks Landis has imploded, from both the call and by the post.
Ordinary Bo just laughs at the Telekom revelations, and wonders:
If the Tour officials don't take Riis' championship away from him, then what does that say about their unrelenting threats and attacks on Floyd Landis?
Dugard talks cycling and Tlekom and Riis and throws up his hands.
Jody has taken some pictures of Landis for publication, and shares some thoughts.
Thought Mill think's Riis's admission today takes some heat off Landis, a contrarian view.