7 Sur 7 (Belgian) has an AFP story that there is new data available to Landis, via AFLD. As translated by Marc:
Following the attacks from the Landis camp" (editor's note: which for almost a year has based its defense on creating doubt about the proper conduct of the analyses) "the AFLD took the initiative to ask for these two expert examinations," declared its president Pierre Bordry who added that he transmitted the experts' conclusions to Landis' attorneys last Friday, but he refused to reveal their contents.
The first expert examination was performed by two independent specialists, a toxicologist and an IRMS specialist, M. Bordry specified. The second was performed by COFRAC, a certifying organization which audits the laboratory at Châtenay-Malabry every year to provide its certification. Floyd Landis tested positive once during the 2006 TdF (17th stage). Supplementary analyses of seven 2006 Tour samples--ordered by the USADA, which will judge him beginning May 14--revealed the presence of testosterone on several occasions.
No information on what was learned.
The CyclingNews reports that the AFLD has validated two portions of the testing procedures used in the Landis case:
The French anti-doping agency (AFLD) has reportedly validated two aspects of its testing procedures used in the Floyd Landis case. According to L'Equipe, the first test related to the analysis of Landis' B-sample, taken after stage 17 of the 2006 Tour de France, while the second was an audit of the Isotope Ratio Mass Spectometry (IRMS) machine used to determine that Landis' samples contained synthetic testosterone.
Velonews carries an AFP report saying Basso is talking to CONI about his involvement in Puerto, billed as his having confessed to something, and now cooperating. We don't intend to cover this in detail, but it's important news. In related news, Valverde's name has also popped in Puerto, which he had so far escaped. So now, among last year's absent presumed-contenders, only Vino has escaped personal implication. The Brisbane Times also prints the AFP story that Ivan Basso has admitted to authorities that he was involved in the OP blood doping scandal.
The Guardian Unlimited publishes a Reuters chronology of major doping offenses in cycling from 1998 through the present, and a piece by their own Alistair Fotheringham about recent scandals.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram covered last night's FFF event held in Dallas. It stresses that even though the past 10 months have been very stressful for Floyd Landis, not to mention the USADA hearings coming up in a week, Floyd still hasn't lost his sense of humor. He also fielded various questions from the people attending the fund raiser:
What is the total impact of the positive test?
Landis: Fifteen years of my life had been focused on cycling. Now, everything in my life has been dictated by this. When it came down to it, it became clear to me who my true friends were. I've been very fortunate. I would be close to a half-a-million dollars in debt without donations
Dugard laments the timing of the Basso confession and wonders how and if it will effect Floyd Landis' arb hearing which starts in a week.
Rant notes that with a mere week until the hearings begin things are very quiet in "Landisland". He also ponders the merits of the DPF thread noted below, as well as the DPF thread that tries to measure the success of the Landis PR campaign.
Peloton Jim thinks Basso and Valverde's news isn't good for Landis because of the timing.
The Information Cul-de-Sac thinks "we" cycling fans win, no matter what the outcome of the Landis hearing. Either a cheat gets justly caught, or a vastly corrupt anti doping system is exposed. (Thanks for the plug, too.)
The Daily Narcissist is burned out by all of the doping news, and fears it may cast a pall on cycling. But he still refuses to think Floyd Landis cheated.
Triple Crankset breaks down the upcoming arbitration hearings and portrays them as if they are going to be a significant boxing match in the "fight to save cycling". He feels that Patrice Brunet will be the pivotal member of the arb panel, and simplifies the upcoming hearings by distilling them to their most elemental form.
Unqualified Offerings has had his interest in cycling killed by recent events in the sport, and most especially the Landis case. He is not sure if Floyd is guilty, or if the system itself is rotten, but either way for him enjoyment of the sport seems irrevocably ruined.
Ridesquire, a Myspace stick-and-ball blogger demonstrates his knowledge of the case in a post really about Bonds by saying, "And he accused a spiked supplement or a competitor for sabotaging him."
Big Chain Ring, also at myspace, seems to be anti-Basso, pro-Floyd, but it's confusing.
Over on DPF a new thread has been begun asking about the "strategic, and tactical lines of a technical defense" in the Landis case. This may prove to be an interesting thread with now just one week before the beginning of the hearings at Pepperdine.
Active.com had an article about family and friends from before the Tour ended.
Tammy Martin, the neighbor with the TV waves; Dad Paul with yellow trucker hat, Mom Arlene in lace and bonnet; and family friends, Jerry and Darlene Umble at the 2006 Tour of Georgia. The banner made a re-appearance in Lancaster in March for the Homecoming.