ABC Sport Australia prints an AFP piece dated May 4 about the public nature of the Floyd Landis hearings which are due to begin on May 14 at Pepperdine,University . Michael Henson, Landis spokesperson, is quoted as saying:
"Floyd wants it to be a transparent process, This isn't going to be something that happens behind closed doors.
"If they find Floyd guilty, and I don't believe they will, then they better have a strong case and proceed in a fair and unbiased manner."
Henson also says between 12 and 15 witnesses should be called by the Landis defense.
IHT has a business piece by Doreen Carvajal examing the impact of doping cases on pro cycling sponsorship, and Landis and Puerto are key parts. (courtesy TAF)
Velonews has an interview with Travis Tygart. On the matter of truth seeking, Tygart says:
We absolutely are motivated to find the truth and do the right thing in every case. Our obligation is to protect clean athletes, nothing less and nothing more. [...] [W]hen the evidence does not support an accusation we drop the case. We have had over 20% of all potential cases closed.
All that we ask in any case, is that people reserve judgment until all the facts are known and both sides of the story have been heard.
The USADA board and staff would rather see a person who actually doped walk free than sanction someone who did not dope. Our credibility and integrity would be permanently ruined if we only cared about winning cases. Again, an accurate reflection of our track record shows that we simply follow the evidence, do the right thing in every case and keep our mouths shut.
The Chicago Daily Herald publishes the AP version of last night's AFP piece about Richard Pound of WADA and his support for the LNDD, the controversial lab which has performed the tests on Floyd Landis' Tour de France urine samples from last summer. In it Mr. Pound is quoted as saying:
“It’s frustrating especially because some athletes and their entourage like to take their case to the public before it’s been heard,” he said, without mentioning Landis. “There’s no rule to prevent that. The only folks that have their hands tied are the anti-doping organizations who do not comment. It’s certainly a disadvantage.”
Rant offers some sympathy towards Travis Tygart. At the same time he feels that Mr Tygart has badly handled some aspects of the Landis case and could take a lesson from the Australians, and that the cataloged actions of his agency speak more to winning! and losing than they do Tygart's professed search for truth (see above).
CrystalZenMud has a long series of posts about the case, which we have foolishly not looked at recently, because he starts them all with the same tag line, "WADA do about...". Now that we know they're different, we'll pay more attention. Oops. In the edition of April 24th, he's advising a boycott of L'Equipe.
No Time to Blog, and I feel your pain, is thinking that he wishes he was a member of the Cal Poly Wheelmen, since Floyd is coming to SLO to ride. NTTB lives in San Ramon, which is not anywhere near SLO, so maybe we'll try to talk FL into a San Ramon Valley/Diablo some time.
Dolphinlover is going to go to the SLO ride and Town Hall.
Bullets and Beats writes a blog mostly about how reviled Barry Bonds is, even though he has not tested positive for PEDs. B&B compares this reality to that of Floyd Landis who has tested positive, but is strangely not hated. Guess he hasn't visited Topix. Anyway, there are advantages to being dear and fluffy like Floyd.
Eric's Rant sees a trend in all of the recent stories he has heard about cycling now that the season is in full swing, but it's not a good one.
The First 100 Miles' Sara Best likes the story about Floyd Landis in the new issue of "Bicycling", even though she had decided to not renew. She thinks the photos of Floyd are stunning.
The Road Bike spins his head trying to get it around Mr. Pound's comments on the gag rule. He also encourages folks to look at his Petition About the LNDD.
She Cycles by the Seashore is getting ready for a big charity bike ride in NYC (GYGIG, or Get Your Guts in Gear), and still thinks that USADA is ludicrous.
Blog Me Tender is offering a "Cycling is DOPE" t-shirt with a claim that it is Floyd Landis' favorite.
Jelloman gave us a link. They seem to have had an eerily familiar PED scandal at their latest event, a gut busting 26 mile jaunt that involved stops for lunch and snacks.
On the DPF poster Sedras is upset that lab techs are having their reputations sullied by criticisms of how labs process the samples in cases where cyclists have been accused of doping.
A couple of good discussions based on Bill Hue's Daily Peloton piece of a few days back are developing. The first was when the article started; the other was started by someone who thought the piece was bogus. At this point, the content of each thread has overlapped, and some useful thoughts are being exchanged.
Thought for the Day
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.