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ESPN/DeSimone says Suh and Jacobs are working with Vino/Astana.
The CyclingNews has Greg LeMond speaking for Floyd Landis again in reference to the latest doping scandals at this year's Tour de France. LeMond claims that Landis said the French were against him and that Floyd is either naive or malicious:
LeMond's point of view is that if Rasmussen got kicked out, others should have been excluded, too. "There are others where there is even more proof [of doping]. If I think about Floyd Landis, who defended himself by saying that the samples were manipulated, that the French were against him and that there is no culture of doping in cycling... Maybe he is just naive, or maybe he is malicious."
LeMond then goes on to cast doubt on current Tour leader Alberto Conbtador saying that no yellow jersey should be awarded at this year's Tour. Meanwhile Christian Moreni is out of jail, and obviously out of a job.
Chicago Daily Southtowns has this listed under "this day in history":
In 2006, Floyd Landis’ stunning Tour de France victory just four days earlier was thrown into question when he tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the race (Landis has denied cheating).
The Washington Post in its' kids posts sports opinion column writes that fair play needs to make a comeback in sports, and that kids should keep three things in mind when participating in sports. The adult athelets should keep these three pieces of advice in mind as well.
The Contra Costa Times would like to put a positive local spin on the Tour de France, but it can't. It compares Vino to Floyd Landis:
That's because we've seen this script played out before. I remember thinking after last year's tour that Floyd Landis is innocent until proven guilty, and the cycling enthusiast in me has always wanted to believe he didn't use extra testosterone to take over last year's race.
But the fact is that he was hurting. He was in bad shape when he took that mountain stage thanks in no small part to a degenerating hip condition that he later had to have surgically repaired. Did something happen? Who knows?
Vinokourov's ascent was no different
The Leaf Chronicle seems glad that Americans aren't the only cheaters.
Racejunkie says it's a cruel cruel summer what with "tricky Dicks" Dick Pound, Christian Prudhomme, Pat McQuaid, and Patrice Clerc turning on each other in cycling's equivalent of the Donner Party:
... WADA calling an antidoping summit, UCI complaining that Pound has no respect for the obvious success of their antidoping crusade (like letting an unknown yet likely huge number of the Op Puerto riders ride the Tour, for example), and, most outrageously, Christian--who spent the entirety of last year burning Floyd Landis at the stake in interviews with every imaginable media outlet, taking his Tour away before his arbitration was up, and playing provocative video of mirrors shattering as Floyd's evil cheating visage loomed in the background like Stalin's, as his own country's lab chimps repeatedly proved themselves incapable of reliably analysis the contents of a glass of tap water--whining that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and he is shocked, shocked! and horrified that riders aren't being given the benefit of the doubt (unless they're French.)
Spinopsys cites "Crikey" and its' problem with how the TdF is covered by Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwan.
Yulu on MySpace cries "save the tour", and still thinks Floyd Landis is innocent.
Suitcase of Courage feels as a lawyer that due process is lacking in the recent doping cases at the Tour de France, and he recommends reading Dave Shield's book, "The Tour".
QuickReleaseTV gives us debate from France 24 on the "guilty until proven innocent" syndrome present at this year's Tour de France.
Rant is thankful that at least yesterday we got to catch our collective breath as no new doping scandal was exposed at the TdF. Tourus Horribilis indeed.
My Life as a Maryland Mom wants to know what it's all about? All the scandals in sports and other places seems to be rampant this summer.