Head-Lie of the Day
Landis: USADA went after him to get Armstrong(link) Um, no, he never said that, or anything like that. "Landis: USADA said Rat on Armstrong" would have been accurate and fit in the same space.
Our coverage of the Landis press conference is moved to a separate post; afterwards, Armstrong had one of his own, and we have a report from a reader who listened.
The LA Times Michael Hiltzik covered today's Floyd Landis press conference and reports that Landis was so insulted by the offer made to him that he give up Lance Armstrong for a lighter suspension that he did not respond. Travis Tygart, named as the intermediary who made the offer to Landis, was quoted by Reuters as saying he had no comment.
Bonnie DeSimone at ESPN was on the call, and filed her own report, after also hearing Armstrong's press call.
USATODAY's Sal Ruibal wrote his own piece on the Armstrong Deal. He says Armstrong hadn't heard the details before, and Lance's attorney didn't think Armstrong had come up by name in the proffer. This contradicts some other reports, so someone is confused or missing some pieces. Ruibal also gets a hold of Henson later, spinning the surprise pickup of this angle into sounding "accidentally on purpose" to demonstrate USADA's ethics.
ESPN.com also posted the AP version of today's press conference emphasizing the Lance Armstrong "deal" made to Floyd Landis portion of the press conference referenced above. The Reuters version of the story is also found on the ESPN.com.
The Chicago Tribune's Phil Hersh is thinking how the people who were around Lance Armstrong seem to pay a great price for having had the honor.
USAToday SportsScope , along with numerous other media outlets, jumps on today's revelation that Floyd Landis was offered a "deal" if only he would provide incriminating evidence against Lance Armstrong.
Associated Content has a long piece in advance of the hearing running through the case history by James Raia, with parts of an interview done in SF at the M1/Cycleops trainer event.
Telegraph (UK)'s John Inverdale thinks Landis might be stripped of his title on Monday, in a column that starts touting the honesty of a footballer who says he should have been yanked from a match.
WISC TV has a poll; currently 43-31 innocent; later 87-32.
The Boulder Report in a column mostly about Ivan Basso, says that the Italian cyclist may have copped to doping partly in order to avoid the kind of financial strain Floyd Landis now finds himself under.
Joe makes reference to some of Basso's "extraterrestrial" performances by pointing to Ferrari's blog about them. Ferrari is fond of using the "VAM" measurement, being vertical meters/hr as a rate of climbing. During Basso's amazing stages at the Giro last year, he climbed at 1775 m/h and 1820 m/h, dropping Salvodelli, who was at 1642 and 1670 m/h on the same climbs. By way of comparison, on Stage 16 when Landis was dropped, the leader's group was climbing at 1392, 1500, and 1470 m/h on the last three climbs. On Stage 17, alone, Landis did the last climb at 1637 m/h, less than what got Salvodelli dropped by Basso at the Giro. One wonders how fast Sastre was going, because he picked up 2:00 on Landis on that climb (only to lose it back on the descent).
WHP TV 21 talks about the "Keep the Faith" ride in Lancaster County on Saturday.
Pommi notes today's "you give us Lance Armstrong for a lighter suspension" bombshell from the Floyd Landis news conference, and thinks it shines a real nasty light on USADA's tactics.
Racejunkie may have thought the jury was out before today's press conference, but he now has more respect for Floyd Landis who he feel could have been riding this year had he ratted on Lance Armstrong and listened to the "bottom dwellers".
TripleCrankset thinks that by the time all is said and done "Bad Boy Floyd" will have shown that NO ONE is innocent, except maybe himself.
The RoadBike.com has wondered WHY Lance Armstrong would support Floyd Landis in his fight against USADA,and now after today's press conference he thinks he knows why.
Le Blog wonder what the cycling world would have thought had Floyd Landis tested positive for a Frappucino?
The Information Cul-de-Sac believes in many precious things, most of all in what he saw on 7/21/06.
Neil@ Road Mag blogs the Landis press conference from this afternoon and bullets the most pertinent details.
Olsons's Observations thinks that doping allegations go too far, and that Floyd Landis is innocent or at least he hopes that he is.
CaliRado Cyclist thinks that Floyd Landis' early explanations for his positive doping test after the Tour de France, which some has deemed clumsy at best, look positively brilliant when compared to what Curt Schilling has come up with to explain comments made about Barry Bonds.
Dugard expresses disillusionment with not only the venal aspect of sports but also the rampant self protectionism he observed yesterday with Ivan Basso's counter confession and Tyler Hamilton's exclusion from the Giro. Even worse though he is repulsed by the collusion exhibited by two of the Landis arbitrators against the one chosen by Team Landis. Alas it would seem that indeed even they are in it for the money
Staying Centered is giving up on his bicycling blog and maybe bicycling altogether, for many reasons. Not the least of which is his concern for a friend who appears to be the target of a stalking cyclist. But Eric is also disillusioned with the nature of the Floyd Landis "wannabes" in their 30s, who just need to grow up already.
Rant gives us a three-fer today, looking at arbitrator ethics; Gonchar about which we have not much more to say (below) than he's teased out; and finally noting that this would be a good time to send another donation to the FFF, Going to hearing is a pricey exercise, so folks with losts of trailing zeros in their accounts might think about it again. I'm sure the USADA folks would appreciate contributions too, otherwise 2/3 their expenses are coming out of tax dollars.
Later, Rant gets a late read on the press conference, and makes more of the complaint about Mr. Pound that most others.
The New Common Sense has never rooted for just one rider, but thinks that of all of the doping cases he has heard of, the one Floyd Landis is embroiled in seems the one most full of holes, especially in light of the recent revelation that one of the three arbitrators in the case was excluded in pre hearing decisions.
Quickrelease.tv files a post mainly about the new IMAX Tour de France film and Tyler Hamilton, but makes mention of the Landis case and the actions revealed this week, of two of the three arbitrators excluding the third from participation in pre-hearing decisions. The film itself actually concerns the workings of the human mind and how it is motivated to endure events such as the Tour.
The RoadBike says Landis would get better odds in Vegas, using "No Campbell" to suggest the table is rigged.
A Raptor fan thinks a player needs to bulk up over the summer and advises workouts with Bonds and Landis. Hint: if you bulk up like Landis, there's not many people you're going to intimidate in the NBA.
Le Grimpeur runs down a history of Colombian climbers, with trivial passing mention of Landis. He's an entertaining read.
Madonna News says Landis has Paris Hilton, Madonna and Mel Gibson disease: he won't shut up.
Velogal has her own kangaroo cartoon.
Propecia in a post riddled with baldness links, speaks confusingly about Patrick McCarty, former Phonak team member, and his ideas for clean racing. They are education and rigorous testing.
TeamFubar wonders, "Why do we build up an athlete, actor or any other person in the spotlight only to want to watch and desire them to get torn down?
Over on DPF the word is out in the "Bigger Fish to Fry" thread, also see "The Lance Effect" in a similar vein.
"Koppenberg" notes that offering a deal to trap a bigger fish is common prosecutorial practice, and Landis should not have been offended, but taken it as part of the way this game is played.
In comments here yesterday, ORG noted three dots, and wondered if they could be connected. First, T-Mobile announced Gonchar would not be at the Giro because of a cold. Cynics wondered if this was a case of the "OP Flu". Second, ORG remembered that Baker had said one of the "typos" in Landis' LDP had a number that was used on a sample from Stage 19. Third, that S19 was the individual time trial, won by a suprisingly on-form Gonchar. We believe a close look at the timeline of sample processing shows that yes, S19 samples were present during some of the processing of Landis's S17 samples, but not all of the S17 processing, so a complete substitution seems impossible -- but a partial substitution? Maybe worth another look.
Thought for the Day
Injustice boils in men's hearts as does steel in its cauldron, ready to pour forth, white hot, in the fullness of time.-Mother Jones