In our masthead picture above, the Phonak rider in front of Landis is Robbie Hunter, winner of today's stage at the Tour. Cheers for Hunter!
The Sunday Times UK prints a story in which Floyd Landis says, among other things, that it's no longer about him but about changing an unfair anti doping system. But the article seems slanted against Landis as it mentions that his accomplishment last year in Stage 17 of the TdF strains belief "for some", and that that people still support him even though they feel he may have doped is depressing. Naturally the author cites The Call as an example of a further strain on the credibility and character of Landis:
“I am not going to defend that call, but it wasn’t blackmail,” Landis says. “It was just a dumb teenage joke. LeMond’s got a lot of problems. Something bad is going to happen to that guy if he doesn’t get himself together.
He needs help. If he was molested as a kid, that’s a terrible thing. But I also know that it is totally disingenuous for him to say he’s trying to clean up the sport. He’s a hypocrite.”
It is a charge that has been thrown at Landis many times, but he claims to have stopped worrying about how people regard him. “I know a lot of people think I’m guilty,” he says. “The damage is done, but it doesn’t matter to me any more. Let’s at least get a system we can trust because right now it’s chaos.”
There are a few interesting comments, (which look heavily moderated), including:
Iain Thorpe, Wellington, New Zealand
The Thorpedo? Probably not.
The Daily Peloton has a piece about doping in cycling and how the actual use of PEDs may be more placebo effect than reality and that the drugs may do more harm than good.
The Hollywood Rerporter notes the loss of German TV coverage of the Tour to yet one more doping allegation.
The CyclingNews notes the Sinkewitz positive and of course cites Floyd Landis in the piece.
Letters in CyclingNews talk about Lemond and fair testing.
Fora.TV has high quality video of Corte Madera book tour stop. Worthy moments are how "feed zones" are "places where you crash", and how doping enforcement is like, uh, civilization.
Human Powered Transport passes a rumor Rasmussen has tested "non-neg" for testosterone and is going to be bounced from the tour in a few days.
Glendora Mountain Road visited the Pasadena Borders yesterday to see Floyd Landis who was a half hour late due to freeway traffic. Glendora provides some of the Q&A that preceded the book signing.
Racejunkie talks mostly Sinkewitz, but provides a disturbing image:
"Floyd Landis (thrown to the sharks like a bikini-clad bimbo in a 3-D Jaws sequel)"
Laurel's TV Picks reminds us that Floyd Landis will be on Last Call with Carson Daly tonight. Check your local listings.
TV Squad also takes note of the scheduled Landis appearance on "Last Call" tonight. Time to fire up the DVR.
Rant has some short takes today , and is upset that a NYT piece on Patrik Sinkewitz doesn't have any comments form the subject himself. And "bonk" is our word of the day.
Poker in Progress has been a "slacker" and thinks he needs whatever is was Floyd Landis used.
Sports Blog tells a friend why he is NOT watching the Tour de France this year, and is of the opinion that Floyd Landis will soon be returning his yellow jersey from last year's TdF.
Cerebral Jetsam mourns the loss of his afternoon TdF break in light of the Sinkewitz scandal, and wonders if maybe EPO or some other PED could make him write faster?
Joe Biker gives us satire this morning in the guise of a press release in which cycling is said to be grateful to other current sports scandals for getting it off the front pages.
Digg writes about the alleged upcoming battle between Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis at Leadville.
Random Thoughts thinks Floyd Landis may be at home laughing his ass off about the Sinkewitz situation, probably not.
Joe Schmoe links in a friend who went to the signing in Pasadena, with pix.
Peterson Weaver et al. Family Blog posts about Floyd Landis' appearance at the Pasadena Borders last night. He provides some interesting links, and appreciates Floyd's opinion that the fans of his that are still with him are the smart ones. Below is a pictures from the event.
Cyclocosm is upset about innaccuracies in a BBC report, but is happy for Robert Hunter (who is pictured way up top leading Landis)
Zoochblog wonders if we should convict Michael Vick in the media a la Floyd Landis. At least Landis, thus far, has not been accused of torturing animals.
Dale Murray went to Oak Park, and got the picture he wanted by shouting, "Landis, you have dreamy eyes!"
View from the cheap seats is ready to give up on prohibiting steroids.
Amateur TriGirl relates a presentation by Forensic Chemist Robert Blackledge, retired from the NCIS lab in San Diego, and he doesn't like the case against Landis.