CyclingNews Letters this week finds two in support of Floyd Landis on the basis of the LNDD being unable to perform the doping tests correctly, not to mention the lack of due process in the Landis case as well as others. One by Bill Kinkead titled, "WADA Vigilantes"cites a statement by Dr. Christiane Ayotte from the Montreal WADA lab as saying the labs need to be creative as the rich athletes and their lawyers are.
Vail Daily News says Landis is turning up for tomorrow's Copper Triangle ride, a fundraiser with Davis Phinney. Sounds like he's been in Colorado for a while putting in some miles at altitude in preparation for Leadville.
Leadville Herald talks about "Boom Days", which precede the arrival of Landis and Lance the next weekend.
CyclingNews reports Eddy Merckx saying he thinks 3/4 of the peloton is clean -- meaning he thinks 25% are doping. He'd go easy on Petacchi for an extra puff, but put the hammer on blood dopers because of the health risk. He's drawn back to his own case:
Merckx was himself at the centre of controversy when he was forced to leave the 1969 Giro d'Italia based on a doping-related incident, however, he always maintained he was a victim of an error or a conspiracy. "It was based on a medicine that was not forbidden. They never did a counter-analysis. The stage in question was insignificant. Further, the private analysis, done right after the positive result, came out negative. ... Everyone is able to make a mistake, even the judicial authority."
Transition Times presents a Q&A with Shonny Vanlandingham who beat Floyd Landis by three minutes in the Teva Mountain Games earlier this year.
ESPN Page 2 slipped one past us Wednesday as Jim Caple rode through Landis country recently and visited Floyd's parents pictured below:
Several citations have picked up the conclusion:
I arrived at their house completely unannounced, but the two welcomed me warmly. Arlene blended me a milk shake, and as the evening sky darkened, we sat around a backyard table with fireflies flashing around us and crickets chirping in the background.
"It was a year ago, and people are still sending us letters," Arlene said as Paul spread out letters of support from as far away as the Netherlands and France. "Every day, we get a letter from someone telling us that they're praying for us."
I asked whether they wished Floyd had gone into something other than cycling.
They were silent for a moment. Then Arlene said, "All this proves to me is that worldly fame is worthless."
Washington Post reports on Justin Gatlin's USADA hearing, which has completed behind closed doors. He apparently wore a wire to assist investigation of BALCO, and the Feds testified for him. He's arguing he got sabotaged, and his previous offense shouldn't be counted for purposes of sanction. He's trying to become eligable for the Beijing Olympics.
China Sport gave us the link to the above.
Washington City Paper calls out the Post's Sally Jenkins for being righteous about Bonds, but not saying anything similar about Armstrong. He brings up Landis, but doesn't know that Jenkins turned on him over The Call.
The Science of Sport is shocked, shocked at Landis' attitude towards Barry Bonds.
Floyd Landis (“Positively False,” also on the left up there) was asked about Barry Bonds and what he thought of him breaking the record. Landis’ response was that during the years when Bonds was taking steroids, these drugs were not banned in Major League Baseball, and there was no testing policy. Therefore, shouldn’t we get off of Bonds’ back? Did he really do something against the rules? After all, he was not violating the rules of baseball as they were at that time.
This is a shocking response but probably illustrates the ambition of athletes like Bonds and Landis. For those athletes who possess such a will and desire to win, the ends justify the means. Although taking performance-enhancing drugs is morally and ethically wrong, and likely a health risk, providing it is not literally against the rules, then it must be ok to do it.
Bunch's Big Blog considers us an "FOB", thanks.
Michale Sampiano has been taking photographs, and one of them is of Floyd Landis at a book signing a while back.
Principal Pardoe's Blog mentions that since the Landis doping saga began over a year ago there has been a lot of controversy in cycling, that's an understatement.
ebooks.com notes the addition of "From Lance to Landis".
Elvis Kennedy has a podcast of the Q&A at the Wheaton IL book tour.
Talkin' Sports see his shrink and finds he is suffering from a case of "letdownitis" due to sports heroes with feet of clay.
Recovox News takes the unusual stance that Floyd Landis should have been allowed to take testosterone while training, then he could have eliminated the thyroid medicine he currently takes and the cortisone shots he needed for his necrotic hip.
Potholes and Roadapples posts excerpts from a letter to the editor of the Lancaster newspaper defending cycling and Floyd Landis in this time of upheaval.