The IHT reports Alberto Contador's statement to the press this morning, asserting his innocence of any doping offense and his intention to fight anyone who makes those allegations against him.
The CyclingNews writes about the Contador press conference, and adds the Discovery Channel team may disband since no new sponsor has been found.
LA Times says Disco is disbanding (thanks to Cam for the pointer). Bloomberg Germany also writes about the disbanding of Disco and works Floyd Landis into the story.
The Denver Post writes a short preview of the Leadville 100 which starts tomorrow at 6:30 AM Mountain Time.
The Colorado Springs Gazette in an op-ed piece, thinks that Lance Armstrong needs to "rescue" cycling due to incidents such as the Landis saga. The Brandon Sun Online writes of the speech Armstrong gave last night at the Broadmoor.
Pez/Edward Hood makes some proposals, including a review of testing procedures, "to render errors and consequent 'Landis' type affairs less likely."
VeloNews has letters about the demise of Discovery.
Velogal carries the press release saying Discovery/Tailwind is giving up the search for a sponsor. It's vaguely worded, suggesting some parts of the organization will remain, but without a "venture back into cycling" for a while.
Phantom Reflections notes Bruyneel is retiring too.
Plus Rapide ran into Floyd Landis on the road in Colorado and asked for a picture, Floyd gladly agreed but asked for a favor first:
He gladly agreed and we chatted for a minute, shook his hand and then asked if I could get a picture of us together. Ironically that morning before I went to work I grabbed my Dopers Suck t shirt was still wearing it. Before he agreed to a photo he politely asked if I would take it off, or cover it. "I really, really hate to ask, but could you please do me a favor Colin? Could you maybe change or cover your shirt first, I totally agree with the message, it's just the guy who makes them" he said. Doper or not, you can not refuse a favor of someone so nice.
Floyd, Colin, and the offending shirt, covered up.
(The guy would be Brandon Dwight; you can look it up.)
Rant is up early this morning with comments and questions about Alberto Contador's statements to the press in Spain earlier today:
“I have passed all controls … surprise and scheduled, in my house and at competitions, during racing and when not, of blood and urine,” Contador said. “I find it impossible to understand the personal attacks against me, putting in doubt my honor as a sportsman, from people who don’t know me. … We have to make an effort to move forward in believing in cycling and in me.”
So the statement is a hybrid with Lance's traditional "I've passed every test..." and Ras's "Trust Me." It wasn't a press conference, and no questions were allowed.
Rant returns with a nod to Tailwind's tailspin.
HTML FIXIT.com went to the T-Mobile web site this AM and found something interesting, and asks what happened to Floyd Landis and why did we rarely hear his name mentioned in Tour coverage this year?
Potholes and Roadapples also takes note of the disbandment of Floyd Landis' former team, Postal when Floyd was there, then Discovery.
Stories from the front range asterisks about his Tour pick-'em scoring,
(* denoting that Floyd Landis' arbitration hearing could potentially take a win away from me. Isn't it great that over a year after a race you still don't know who legally won due to all the cheating? Ugh.)
More is Less, while calling Landis a "winner" in quotes, correctly says he "is still waiting on a ruling to see whether he’ll lose the title because of a positive test for steroids."Scott is disappointed that there will probably not be a Lance vs Landis showdown tomorrow in Leadville. He also provides the route profile seen below. Floyd will have his work cut out for him-- as will everybody else.
Angry Fan still doesn't like Bonds, and others he considers cheats, including:
In cycling, Lance Armstrong - the poster boy for overcoming adversity - is constantly fighting allegations of doping, even into retirement. Some of the allegations coming from former teammates with nothing to gain by coming forward. I won't even go into Floyd Landis.
Glendora Mountain Road made an "Orange and Grey" sighting this afternoon during a historical tour of Leadville. We expect first person reports tomorrow GMR.
Eric's Blog kinda says it all.
Hello,Just to let you know!Have you ever heard of Belgian triathlete Rutger Beke, second at the 2003 Ironman Hawaii?Rugter Beke had a EPO conviction overturned after nearly a year-long fight to prove his innocence, due to doubts over the accuracy of his EPO test.WADA did everything they could to fight against him. They knew that if he proved the test was wrong, they'd have problems with everyone else. So they did everything they could. They knew that Beke was innocent but still they wanted to convict him, just to protect their own tests.Beke is suing the World Anti-Doping Agency and two drug labs for $155,000. Damages are for both the material and moral damages the athlete suffered during his suspension.Just to tell you there's hope for Floyd, even a brave little belgian stands up against WADA and fights for justice.