The Oregonian, registration may be required, publishes a piece by Bonnie DeSimone about Oscar Pereiro and his wait for the Landis arbitration decision. Pereiro is given little chance by many experts to win this year's Tour even though he finished second last year. That second place was seen as a gift from Phonak, Landis' former team, due to a tactical decision to preserve energy. Still, for for Pereiro (as well as Landis), the wait for an outcome from the hearings is a tough one:
If Landis loses his case, Pereiro would be designated the 2006 winner, said Patrice Clerc, president of Amaury Sports Organisation, the parent company of the Tour. But there wouldn't be any ceremony -- just a redistribution of prize money, Clerc said.
"The UCI can do what it wants," Clerc said. "For me, for us, Floyd Landis did not win the Tour."
Yet it seems highly unlikely after all this time and trouble that Pereiro could feel he did, either.
Rant writes about an anniversary, as he says, of sorts. Yesterday was the anniversary of the first time Floyd Landis pulled on the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, hard to believe it was a year ago. It was also alleged to be the day when the arbitration announcement in the Landis case was to have been made, not so.
A Feast on Wheel's Bonnie DeSimone read many guide "books" during her Tour de France adventures, one which has partially scrubbed Floyd Landis from its' annals, but the "rules" that got her through were not in print anywhere, and sometimes you just need to "eat a peach":
There are certain Tour rules that don't appear anywhere in print. Here are a few of them:1) Eat whenever there is food available.2) Buy gas whenever you see a station with no lines, as opposed to when you really need it.3) Never leave the press room without grabbing several free bottles of water from the big tub.4) If there's no parking space, improvise.
BicycleRadio.com has made a final casting call for "The Tour de France" and Floyd Landis has been mercifully recast.
Weemin69 is going to Brazil to sing, but took time the other night to go see Floyd Landis speak about his book "Positively False".
Armchair GM nominates the Tour de France, in part due to the Landis affair, for the biggest sports loser of the week. The Tour "loses" again as it did not "win".
Cycling Commentary notes that it's Bastille Day in France, and the last time the Tour came to Le Grand Bornand in 2004 we saw an epic Tour de France battle among Lance Armstrong, Andreas Kloden, Jan Ullrich, and Floyd Landis.
New Days of Being thinks that Floyd Landis has a less then impressive name, and it goes downhill from there.
Paper Warrior, on the RoadBikeReview forum, thinks Floyd Landis would be a natural as a lawyer. He heard him on NPR and thought that Floyd was an articulate anti dumb jock --
But his rationalizations are another story- of course burnt that bridge with Greg Lemond so nothing else better to do than trash him some more.
Admire LeMond reports a L'Express interview with Greg, with his translation, giving his version of things:
E: Now you are in a conflict with another compatriot, Floyd Landis, winner of the Tour 2006...
GL: It felt like the story with Armstrong was happening all over again. I was really surprised because I thought that Floyd, by opposition to Lance, was a "good guy". When I learnt that he had been tested positive on the Tour 2006, I declared: "If he cheated, it's terrible. But in that case, he should say the truth and save this sport". A few days later, on August 6th, Floyd called me. We had a long conversation, very human, almost friendly. I told him that he could free himself from a so heavy secret and try to start back on new basis. To encourage him to break the wall of silence, I told him a very personal story: I was the victim of sexual abuse. I wanted to make him see that at certain points you need the courage to talk. We agreed that this conversation should stay between us. But after that, to defend himself against doping accusations, Floyd Landis made a lot of comments on a website. He wrote about me: "I'd rather ask Satan for advice than calling Greg LeMond". He also wrote really low things about me, things like: "If I told you what Greg confided to me...". He was insinuating that I was a bad person, that I admitted to him that I did something terrible... I was flabbergasted when I read that.
E: Since then, your relationship kept on deteriorating...
GL: Last May, I was called as a witness at the trial between the USA Anti-doping Agency and Landis. I wasn't sure that I wanted to go, but thinking back of how he tried to damage my reputation, I told myself: "I'm going". The day before the hearing, I got an anonymous call (LeMond found out the same evening that it was a call by Will Geoghan, Landis' manager and friend, and that Landis was with him when the call took place). The man was trying to intimidate me. He was refering to the sexual abuse I suffered. But Geoghan was making up a new story, talking about an uncle that would have molested me. Actually it was a friend of the family... (his voice is breaking). I instantlly thought that this affair was going to be thrown on the public place. It was sickening. I hung up. I called back the number that was written on my cellphone screen five minutes later. Landis' manager first pretended to not understand, to not know who Floyd was... It was crazy. The next day I explained in court what happened. I had the proof that Landis and people surrounding him were able to do anything. I got convinced he was guilty. He is a liar: I don't think he can be consider as a Tour de France winner.
So, no cooling of sentiments between the Landis and Lemond seems in evidence.
Into The Real World apologizes for being behind in her blogging, but she seems to have been doing a lot of good, and didn't feel well to boot. She took the time on her trip to Chicago, to have Floyd Landis sign a copy of his book for Shane and Floyd even put his arm around her.
Jody Takes Pictures ran into Geoghegan at the grocery store, which prompted her to pick up Positively False, and likes it a lot.
110 percent thanks Floyd for making cycling synonymous with phrases like, 'blood doping'.
Second most useless blog is irked there's no decision, and predicts a Levi win followed by a positive test result.
Finger Food says not to expect an decision in the Landis case until AFTER the Tour de France has been completed, and that it will be 2-1 against Floyd.
UltraBob has Floyd Landis vs Lance Armstrong at the Leadville 100 later this summer.