Floyd Landis did a live appearance on Talk of the Nation on NPR from their Chicago studio. The time it is on in your area may vary, and you may get the replay here. Neal Conan the host was very polite, as he always is, but was fairly tough as were many of the listener questions. They ranged from a former teammate (Gordon Fraser) calling Floyd in support, to the to be expected questions about the LeMond testimony at the USADA hearings in May. Landis handled the questioners and the questions with more aplomb than he perhaps has shown in the past. Floyd was on for about a half hour so there was some depth allowed in the answers to the questions asked. If you get the chance it is a good listen.
Comments on the NPR blog are mixed, some bemoaning a "love fest" for a doper, others asking people to look into the case.
The Daily Southtown, part of the Chicago Sun Times News Group, was with Floyd Landis yesterday afternoon where he passed the "eye test" with flying colors. Landis was at an appearance at the Neurologic and Orthopedic Institute of Chicago where he spoke about his Smith and Nephew hip resurfacing device, and much more. Floyd still considers himself the 2006 Tour de France champion despite what Tour officials have stated in the past year. The author had a chance to talk to him at length and ask several of the usual questions, and as to the looming decision in his arbitration case Floyd answered:
Meanwhile, Landis has no idea when he'll hear from his arbitrators.
"There's only two scenarios here," Landis said. "Either they're going to say, 'Floyd's right, this test is wrong, (the lab) didn't do anything right.' Or they're going to have to say, 'We don't care if labs don't follow their own rules, we don't care if labs get just random numbers and apply them to athletes. We think this guy's guilty for no reason at all.' "
There seem to be plenty of reasons to believe he's not.
Suburban Chicago News files another report, and quotes one observer as being leery of Landis' low estimates of doping and complaints about overemphasis by the media.
"I don't think the media probably downplays it that much," he [Brian Botterweck] said. "If anything, I think the cyclists probably downplay it. I think it's like baseball in the '90s almost, a little bit of that culture. If you asked me if he was clean his whole career, I would say no. I would say neither is probably Lance or many other top cyclists."
PR Newswire on YAHOO Finance, blurbs the California "Positively False" appearances by Floyd Landis.
NPR.org's Talk of the Nation does indeed list Floyd Landis as a guest today. If you are unable to listen live audio will be available on the web site by 6PM EDT.
Chicago Bike Racing saw Floyd Landis last night at his appearance in Chicago to promote his book "Positively False". The crowd was friendly and there were plenty of questions and answers. Floyd took a ride early in the day along the lakefront path, so if you thought you saw the 2006 Tour de France champion you were not just in dire need of more coffee. He has a slideshow of pictures from the signing.
If I Were Your Coach gives us some summer reading reviews, and along with David Walsh's book he also read "Positively False". There are some interesting cartoons supplied along with the review.
No Sport Left Unturned writes "funny" notes that athletes parents may have received in an alternate universe. Of course there is one there for Floyd.
Irish KC gets a lot wrong in his blog entry about Floyd Landis, his book, and his case.
Cycle-Licious picks up on the rumor that Lance Armstrong WILL race Leadville against former teammate Floyd Landis later this summer.
Active.com wants to know where the TTT is, and why it's gone from the TdF.
Once a Runner/Jesse Schoen writes about the disconnect between Landis on NPR and Walsh's depiction.
PJ's Pope Watch says the crowd in the square is growing dispirited. More black smoke.
DPF discussion of Positively False is an argument about who is PR spinning, and who is being more honest. Ludwig accuses us of being onlyl "talking points", and otherwise insightful Sonoma Hills says he gave up wading through us ("that site"). Can't please anybody, it seems.