The Age quotes Cadel Evans as saying that despite what Werner Franke says about Alberto Contador's Tour de France "win", it's still innocent until proven guilty.
The Miami Herald writes of sports' influence on children and on society in general and that honesty in it is getting to be a rare commodity. Floyd Landis is given the benefit of the doubt at this time, but this year's Tour de France is cited as uninspiring:
Last year, Floyd Landis was eliminated in a doping scandal. He says he's innocent, and I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, someone who wins the Tour de France while enduring hip arthritis is an inspiring story. Almost unbelievably so.
There were no inspiring stories this year, however. It seemed like the whole tour was being eliminated for doping. The race was ultimately won by one of the few riders left. I expected second place to go to a five-year-old on a Big Wheel. Provided he passed the urine test, anyway.
The Times Online worries that with all of the fervor to oust doping cheats from cycling, due process may have been lost and athletes are finding themselves judged guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. And even though WADA may soften some of its' rules in an upcoming conference, many feel that a harder line is actually needed. This may run against what is happening in some doping cases which may be subject to rules other than those established by WADA
But this harder line may fall foul of European law. A warning shot has been fired across the bows of those who prosecute doping cases by the European Court of Justice in a landmark ruling in the case of the little-known swimmer David Meca-Medina, where it was decided that anti-doping law should be subject to the rules of European Union competition law. Previously, it had appeared that sporting rules were not expected to follow the same rules as business. Meca-Medina may become as renowned as the Bosman ruling on football transfers.
Dick Pound, the outspoken Wada chief (ironically counsel for the disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson in 1988), has fuelled the fairness debate by publicly adjudging athletes guilty before their trials have taken place, most notably in the cases of Floyd Landis and the sprinter Justin Gatlin.
The piece goes on to note that since Michael Hiltzik of the LA Times started questioning procedures at various testing labs WADA has found itself under unprecedented scrutiny:
Worryingly for Wada, investigative journalists are beginning sink their teeth into the perceived imbalances in the process. Michael Hiltzik, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times, has published an in-depth expose on conflicts of interest, harsh treatment and faulty science.
BikingBis notes one of the blog reports on Floyd Landis at the Copper Triangle bike ride Saturday at the Tennessee Pass rest area. He also comments on the confusion over Lance Armstrong's participation at Leadville, VeloNews seemed certain that Lance would not be there after all, but an old report that LA will be in for the showdown keeps turning up.
The Couch Potato prints tonight's talk show TV schedule, with 2 dates (?), so that in case you missed Floyd Landis on with Carson Daly's Last Call here's your big chance to catch it, or see it again. Look in at Letterman while you're waiting for Floyd to see MuteMath.
PJ says that despite perhaps a golden opportunity for USADA to make a Landis arb announcement right now there is still only black smoke to report.
The Eclectic Eccentric feels the need to make a snappy comeback to "a fairly large, heavily tattooed, shaven man on a bicycle", and the best he can come up with is, ""F**K OFF, FLOYD LANDIS!!!"