The CyclingNews has no direct Landis content, but Bijarne Riis wonders why Rabobank would select Michael Rasmussen in the first place only to send him home from the TdF under such strange circumstances. Later, Alessandro Petacchi explains what it feels like to be accused of doping:
If Petacchi is correct, Floyd Landis will return as one gritty, resolute cyclist.
"I was considered doped for an incident in which doping does not even come into consideration. It was a medicine and I had a prescription, taken with good faith and transparency for documented allergies. And if the limits were passed the experts have demonstrated why." He was asked if he could have done it all over again. "It was not an error or even a lack of discretion but a necessity. You are not able to breathe, you think twice, maybe three times, then maybe take the medicine, hoping that the conditions don't happen that make you surpass the limits." He remarked on the bad publicity. "The magistrates know what they do, and do what they have to. The journalists, if they mistake an adjective, risk ruining your reputation. ... The suffering, physically and morally, leaves you with more grit, more resolution.
ESPN reports that the IAAF will lobby for even stronger doping sanctions at the Madrid WADA conference in November, but that the proposed 4 year, rather than 2 year, suspension for major doping offenses is likely to be defeated. It's never been clear to us why anyone thinks longer bans would be more effective. Why not a death sentence for the first offense? That'dl teach 'em.
VeloNews photo contest provides a good look at the damage visible at the Leadville finish:
(Photo: Velonews/John Payne)
Dugard runs down a number of endurance events, and is down on the Tour and Ironman triathlons.
Irrelevant: The Tour de France. At least as a competitive endeavor. Until they get the drug stuff fixed, we'll all be happy to watch, but there will always be this sense that it's all make believe.
Jamie at MySpace says that the Michael Vick horror show is not "Floyd Landis doping" but much worse. For the willful killing of another creature Vick should rot in jail.
Nahaul comments on getting noticed and in the process also mentions Floyd Landis' delayed justice and that in the majority of Europe you are guilty until proven innocent. Yeah, his troll worked.
Cycleiola read Positively False over a rainy weekend. While aware it's a one-sided version, he comes away thinking Landis is getting jobbed.
Hayley went to Leadville to crew for Dad, and got a Landis picture. It was dark in the AM. Her site also has some recipes for Strbuk to check out.
Fatty's pal who is really the unworthy who crashed out, sobs his story in "Close But No Cigar: Part VI, Dug's Tragedy"
Velo Swiss is reading "Positively False" and something in the Landis story and the way it's written, and who did the ghost writing, doesn't ring completely true.
Kevin at MySpace has a grudge match between "doper" Michael Rasmussen from this year's TdF and Floyd Landis representing last year's race. Kevin has Rasmussen testing positive for doping at this year's Tour, which is wrong, and gives the match to Floyd for whatever reason.Sons of Sam Malone digs into Michael Vick, and lists Landis in a rundown of athletes who "pissed their lives away" -- behind Hook Mitchell, Rae Carruth, Pacman Jones, Len Bias, Vick, and Pete Rose.
MOChassid notes the publication of "The Outcast" with no comment othere than it's compelling.