The LA Times' Michael Hiltzik, who has written extensively throughout the Landis case about the science and procedures of WADA testing labs, writes that Alexandre Vinokourov is also contesting his recent blood doping positives on the basis of faulty lab work and that Vinokourov has retained Landis lawyers Howard Jacobs and Maurice Suh:
Allegations that LNDD mishandled his urine samples and botched his tests are at the heart of Landis' defense case, which is awaiting a ruling by a three-member arbitration panel. Suh suggested that similar shortcomings may be found in LNDD's work on Vinokourov's blood samples.
The New York Daily News' Filip Bondy says that since we have lost faith and interest in Floyd Landis and his doping scandal that, among other things, have killed the Tour de France:
By now, this sport at its most elite levels is something of a caricature, a bad joke. It is also a case study in how an entire sport can be destroyed by a combination of bad management and good intentions. Basically, the Tour de France is an inhumanly difficult course that inherently encourages cheating. Some might even argue that its macho climbs demand doping, for sheer survival.
The Montreal Gazette says the Tour de France would make a great reality show, I thought that's what it was.
CDA Press.com talks about the real "boys of summer" the cyclists who ride the Tour de France and dope. Well, let 'em all dope, or have a pub crawl during the race whatever.
Scribbling writes about HIS history with watching and caring about the Tour
Rant writes that just because you're paranoid it doesn't mean that they are not out to get you, truer words and all that.
The 6:17 Talks doens't see the Tour de France as a reality show, but rather as a comedy.
Reno Wire says that FINALLY there is a bright spot to the darkness that has been the Tour de France, and it's Levi Leipheimer.
Shut up and Drink the Kool-Aid wants the Tour de France to just end. Last year's winner, Floyd Landis, is still waiting to see if he won, it's been enough already.
Ralph Speaks Sports wonders if the dopers think the fans are the real "dopes".
The Four Horsemen of the Sports Apocalypse feels that ALL sports, not just cycling, are in deep trouble.
The Dissociated Press writes of the Tour, and notes:
Even before its start, the 103 year-old Tour was under unusually close scrutiny, due mainly to the controversy of last year --- when it was discovered from carefully-administered post-race urine and blood tests that the winner, American Floyd Landis, had actually been riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for most of the three-week competition (Landis is currently fighting the charges in court; his attorneys claim the motorcycle was a Suzuki).
We will grant that would be a technicality.
Thought for the Day
The passage of time is simply an illusion created by our brains.-Julian Barbour-