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I know how you and Bill felt immediately following the Lemond "testimony". I think it was Nick who said he needed a shower. I think we all felt the same way.
I thought the name of your blog was more prescient than either of us had imagined.
I have withheld judgment of Floyd's guilt or innocence to this point, and will wait until all of the evidence is in. While I've read every word that you, Bill, and every commentator has written to your blog since the case began, I know you have far more invested, in time, effort, and money. When I first read of Lemond's allegations, my thoughts went quickly to y'all (mainly cause you quit typing) and what you must be going through. I imagined that you might be leveled by disillusionment at being deceived by Floyd, not to mention the unseemly statements by the man who put the US on the international cycling map.
I am praying that y'all find the strength to keep going till the judgment is in. While I haven't formed an opinion as to whether Floyd doped or not, this case is much bigger than Floyd. My daughter is a competitive swimmer who, God willing, will someday be subject to the USADA, WADA, and FINA. These outfits have declared a strict liability policy for athletes. They're comportment must therefore exceed the same standard, or they are unworthy of respect.
Yet, we have McQuaid and Pound violating their own codes with utter impunity and unfathomable arrogance. We have different standards for different labs in different countries for the same sports. We have the accuser confirming their own work, after the stakes have been ratcheted up by the self-serving statements of McQuaid, Pound, and Prudhomme.
Yesterday, I joked with a buddy who runs a lab that, unless the USADA pulled a rabbit out of the hat, the USADA would be bankrupt, Pound would be penniless, and the TDF would be the Tour de Floyd.
While Lemond's account of the call from Landis was bad enough, Geoghegan's call (if true) gives Lemond the one thing he didn't have: credibility.
I re-read Lemond's comments immediately following the B test, and remember well his allegations re: Armstrong and his pattern of erratic behavior. I read Lemond's account of the phone call, and Landis' post to the DPF.
If Geoghegan hadn't done the same thing, I would have wondered if Lemond didn't tell Landis that he was going to use Landis' call against him, that he knew Landis doped because the test is infallible, and that unless Floyd confessed, he would misrepresent what was said in the conversation.
I believe that this interpretation is consistent with all of the above. Lemond's motivation is certainly open to examination, but I fear we won't get that.
For Barnett to place such an insinuation into the record and, by design (Was Lemond's lawyer just in the neighborhood?) shut off all cross examination of a pattern of similar sensational and/or erratic behavior borders on misconduct and would seem to open him to sanctions in a courtroom.
Stay with this baby. The fat lady hasn't even started warming up.
I've followed the TDF since before Lemond even participated. Unless this case turns the status quo on its ear, I'm done. The powers that be: UCI, ASO, WADA, and the teams themselves couldn't do more to kill cycling if they worked at it.
I can't tell you how much I've savored your posts. I was briefly able to latch on to one of the three available connections to the video feed, and quickly discovered that I prefer to draw my own images while reading your "transcript". More typing, please....
Keep it up. Your balanced, accurate reporting is all we have of "fair and
September 07: Hearing Award
October 07: Hue's Hearing Appraisal
November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
Thursday, May 17, 2007
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