The Philadelphia Inquirer talks with Arlene Landis about the arbitration decision announced yesterday which essentially bans her son from competition until January of 2009 and strips him of his Tour de France title. Mrs. Landis believes in her son and finds that most of the residents of Ephrata, the nearest large town to Farmersville Floyd's hometown, believe him too. Still, she would not encourage him to appeal the loss and some locals agree with her.
Forbes.com speaks with Landis lawyer Maurice Suh who describes Landis as discouraged and still weighing his options. Suh lashed out at the arbitration panel who decided against Landis by a 2-1 margin:
"Here you have the perfect test case," Suh said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It's a case in which you had the athlete who attracted a lot of attention, who had the financial and personal wherewithal to go through the process of vigorously defending himself. He has great evidence. He hires lots of lawyers. Most of all, he was innocent. And he still can't get through this. It sends the message to every other athlete out there, 'Just don't try.'"
Suh said the case "has taken all kinds of toll on (Landis) emotionally and otherwise.
The attorney ripped the panel for its decision, saying the majority's repeated admonishments of the French lab that analyzed Landis' urine mattered little if they didn't result in a victory for his client
"These people are not legislators," Suh said. "They're not here to set policy about what should happen as a matter of course over time. They're there to listen to the case set before them."
Eyewitness Sports 3 posts a summary of yesterday's Landis decision plus it has video of an interview with Paul and Arlene Landis. Be patient it takes a while to load.
SI.Com provides an interview with frustrated Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme. He states that the system needs to process cases like the Landis case with more speed.
The Vail Daily posts an op-ed piece in which it sadly concludes that sometimes it seems cheating is the only way to win these days.
Bicycling's La Scene gives an overview of reaction from the cycling world abroad.
VeloNews posts its' own compendium of reaction to the Landis decision from Spain, and notes that most of it is muted, except that of Eusebio Unzue Oscar Pereiro's team director:
"A cheater has taken away his victory. For the past year, Oscar has been a rider who's been ‘out.' He's been distracted, not concentrated on the business of racing his bike and instead of celebrating his second place, he's been trying to live with this pressure of waiting for the process to be completed," Unzue said. "What he deserves is a gesture from the race organizers or an official presentation of the jersey. That would help him make up for missing the moment to enjoy the victory."
The San Diego Union Tribune was turned down by Floyd Landis for an interview, but still manages to tell the story of yesterday's decision.
King5.com posts an AP piece summarizing the decision that went against Floyd Landis.
USAToday Sports Scope notes the "hoist one to Floyd"set for 5:10 today your local time and also gives us Christopher Campbell's "money quote", thanks for the plug BTW:
"The T-E ratio test (which the arbitrators conceded was faulty) is acknowledged as a simple test to run. The IRMS test (the one they're using to convict Landis) is universally acknowledged as a very complicated test to run, requiring much skill. If the LNDD (French lab) couldn't get the T-E ratio test right, how can a person have any confidence that LNDD got the much more complicated IRMS test correct?
The USAToday reports that Oscar Pereiro has been declared the winner of the 2006 Tour de France by the UCI, but:
"Following the decision of the competent American authority to sanction the American cyclist Floyd Landis for doping, and in accordance with the International Cycling Unions regulation, the Spanish rider Oscar Pereiro is declared winner of the 2006 Tour de France," the statement said.
"The UCI has informed both the rider and the organizer of the event."
But Tour de France organizers say Pereiro will not get his crown quite yet — until it becomes clear whether Landis will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He has a month to do so.
The IHT/Sam Abt asks what if they gave a bike race and nobody came? It's postulated that things will now only get worse for cycling and cycling events with yesterday's Landis decision.
The Environmental Chemistry Editor's Blog leads with part of the dissent of Landis arbitrator Christopher Campbell and is very disturbed by some of the findings of the panel with respect to the science produced by the LNDD:
In simple terms, yes there are problems at LNDD, yes the practices of the LNDD "lack the vigor the Panel would expect in the circumstances" and "other matters introduced in evidence" "do give some causes for concern," however we are going to ignore this and convict anyways. Good lord I hope these arbiters are never on the jury if I'm on trial.
PEM posts pictures of his toast to Floyd. Thanks PEM, great pics, and great suggestion!
re:Cycling feels very much that it never made sense that Floyd Landis would dope during the Tour de France, but there is the arbitration decision now. Still, Dan thinks that he will always see Floyd riding the magical stage 17, crossing the line at 17:10. He will raise a glass to Floyd this afternoon at 5:10 his time. Thanks for the plug.
Dugard wonders if Floyd Landis cheated and feels only Floyd knows for sure. Still he mourns for Floyd and is angry with those out there who are gloating over yesterday's decision.
After School Snack gives us a taste of some of the pieces written in the past 24 hours.
Eagle Par Birdie notes with irony that on the day that Floyd Landis was found guilty of doping by an arbitration panel, golf is finally developing a drug policy of its' own.
Reason Hit and Run says give back the yellow jersey Floyd, real winners don't do drugs.
Beside Still Waters writes a moving tribute to poet Rich Mullins, and also notes the Floyd Landis decision which she feels is just plain wrong. Floyd won the 2006 Tour de France fair and square, period. Thanks for reading us.
An Athlete's Rise and Fall in the World wants Floyd Landis to just accept his ban and and get on with it.