Bike Biz notes that the Landis hearing decision announcement will take place before Interbike's Outdoor Demo and Carlton Reid speculates that IF Landis wins he may make a triumphant appearance at this year's cycling trade show.
The Guardian cites a Reuters piece which quotes representatives of the Landis legal team stating a verdict has been reached by the USADA arbitration panel and a decision in the Landis case can be expected within a week:
"The arbitration panel has reached a verdict three days ago. They have 10 days to announce it so the decision will be known by next Monday at the latest," Kelly Power, marketing manager with Landis's lawyers Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher told Reuters on Monday.
The current version of the Reuters piece removes the claim the decision has already been reached.
BBC Sport publishes a short blurb on the closing of the Landis hearing and the pending announcement of its' findings.
The Beeb also runs a longer piece about "saving the soul" of cycling, concluding:
How much longer will TV, the public and the sponsors stay loyal if more people can recall Landis and Vinokourov than the legitimate winners of the event?
PezCycling News applauds the UCI for the new feature on its' website detailing the ongoing fight against doping:
... if you want to see if your favourite rider is in the rider test pool or not check out the UCI’s website. Just remember that the top ranked riders are automatically on the list and then after that the UCI adds riders that they at some point in time have declared to be, ‘of interest’. Some interesting names I found on the current list just to name a few are, Joseba Beloki, Santiago Botero, Cristian Moreni, Ivan Basso, Tyler Hamilton, Floyd Landis…
The CyclingNews quotes Iban Mayo as saying he has had a very difficult time coping since his positive EPO test became known.
CyclingNews also has McQuaid changing his tune and calling for life-bans for first-time offenders, and a zero-tolerance policy. We presume he's sticking with WADA strict-liability and process rights too. Where is the rider's union?
Yahoo Eurosport also provides a short article on the Landis arbitration decision due sometime this week, and at this late date still manages to get some basic information wrong. The piece claims that "excessive levels of testosterone" were found in Landis' urine which was tested at the LNDD, and that the implied crux of the case is the mislabeling of Landis' samples.
ESPN posts a Bonnie D. Ford piece on the final victory for the Postal/Discovery team at the ToM. Many reasons are given for the demise of Disco, but doping scandals and the resultant lack of sponsorship are certainly among them. Director Johan Bruyneel is contemplating a job at Astana, and if he takes the position would consider it a challenge to "correct" that team. On a hopeful note, in the past when American teams have folded, another invariably rises from the ashes.
PJ notes that Day 5 in the Landis watch begins with black smoke on the first ballot. He wonders if he will be listening to Handel’s Messiah or Mozart’s Requiem when all is said and done.
Today's Sermonette is disgusted that he had to dig so deeply into the NYT "other" sports section to find that the Landis arbitration hearings had been officially closed.
Racejunkie wants the "Doping Summit" invitees to party hard when they get to Paris, funny thing is not everyone who has a stake in the future of cycling was invited to the soirée. RJ makes further comment on the Vuelta and of course the looming Landis decision:
I note that it's almost time for Floyd Landis and Iban Mayo to officially fry, as the arbitrators announce that they've closed their inquiry at last and intend to completely destroy Landis' career based solely on the grotesque results-obfuscating bungling of a pack of monstrously inept lab chimps, I mean, release the completely neutral untainted results of the Landis hearing on Friday. Am I the only one thinking that if the Landis team hasn't already started writing their appeals briefs, they oughta get crackin'?
James was at the Tour of Missouri and hoped that Floyd Landis might be there, he was not. James noted that BMC parked next to the anti doping trailer, but they said it was merely a coincidence. There are lots of photos to look at too, and BTW thanks for linking us.
Rant thinks that timing IS everything, especially the timing of the announcement of the Landis decision. Rant also talks about Pat "Iron Fist" McQuaid and his call for lifetime bans on first doping offendes and Disco's swan song at the Tour of Missouri.
Your Craigslist Posting for a Bike Sucks finds those chopper bicycles heavy, awkward, and unfit to ride uphill, unless you're Floyd Landis.
re: Cycling gives Rant and us plugs, and concludes a post with a long parenthetical:
(And why do I say it's more likely he'll be found guilty of cheating? Just this: As shown time and time again, the anti-doping "system" in cycling is a "system" the same way a neck-tie party was a system in the Old West: It has shown itself to have no concern for due process. Landis is a cause celebre here in the States, but arguably much worse has happened to other riders at the hands of doping and cycling and team officials who feel compelled to act before all the evidence is in. The world will little not nor long remember Michael Rasmussen, but any time you yank the leader of the nearly certain winner of the Tour off the road and tell him to pack his bags, you've administered a cure that's far worse than the disease.)
Life Liberty and Property also plugs us, and hopes Landis is cleared:
I really hope that Floyd is found innocent. We named our dog Floyd and I don’t want be reminded of cheating every time I call my dog.Is LLP related to Bitch Kittie, or do we have two dogs with common namesake?
Potholes and Roadapples picks up on some legal saber rattling Landis did in his interview at the Univest events the other week.
We've never had a good idea what action Landis can successfully take outside the CAS universe, and it's not worth starting anything that is a loser from the start. As a public figure, it's nearly impossible to sue for defamation in the US, but perhaps not elsewhere. Any successful action probably requires him to win the USADA case (and CAS appeal if any) first. There's probably a lot of contractual and license disclaimers to fight through to get at many of the parties. We're not saying he wouldn't have a case, but it might be tricky to pull off. On the other hand, if he loses at USADA or CAS, it's even less clear who he might successfully take action against in any venue, even if the presumptions are different. Maybe Suh and Jacobs have some great ideas we won't know about until papers are filed.