Bicycling's Sitting In column is a great read. Bill Strickland is glad that the decision came in for Floyd, because now Floyd is free. Free of all of the humiliation, free of lawyers, well free unless he decides to appeal, and free to feel the joy of just riding a bike again. Bill is not sure if Floyd is innocent or guilty but he feels Floyd was and is a special kind of rider:
There’s an old photo up on the wall of South Mountain Cycles, the local bike shop here in Emmaus. A 19-year-old kid in a ridiculous, bulbous blue helmet, a blue-and-yellow GT jersey and full ballet tights is catching air during some autumn race at what was then called Doe Mountain, less than ten miles from where I’m sitting right now as I look up at the photo. You were beautiful back then, Floyd, innocent yet full of abandon, goofy but intense, and kind of gangly but able to rip the legs off just about anyone on any ride.
You were not just one of those cyclists who loved the sport; you were one of those cyclists who made the rest of us love the sport more.
The San Diego Union Tribune's Mark Zeigler writes that Floyd Landis may not make an appeal to the CAS over the arbitration decision that went against him.
The LA Times Michael Hiltzik spoke with Floyd Landis yesterday who lashed out at the arbitration process that condemned and convicted him. The fight Landis put up was the most sustained and public of any athlete fighting similar charges, but as Landis said his chances of a victory were zero:
"Right now I have a very dim view of humanity," Landis said, "even though I know in my heart that most people are trying to do the right thing. I just have to get away from all this for a while."
Even though Landis says he still owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to lawyers and expert witnesses, he left the door slightly open when it came to whether or not he would file an appeal:
I suppose it's doable if I want to spend a year of my life away from my family," he said. "I have to decide whether it's really going to make my life any better."
One reason to go through the exercise, he said, is to preserve the option of trying to get a U.S. court to review the case, on the assumption that a federal court would insist that he exhaust all his arbitration options before taking a look.
An AP video is included in the report.
The Edmonton Journal feels Floyd Landis is in full denial mode and writes about a female Canadian cyclist who finally admitted to the doping she had steadfastly denied.
The Toronto Star says it's time to forgive Tim Johnson his lies about Viet Nam, after all his scandal is not on par with one such as Floyd Landis'.
The CyclingNews writes that the UCI has named Oscar Pereiro the winner of the 2006 Tour de France despite a possible appeal by Floyd Landis. In other Landis decision news CN notes that the arbitrators who decided the Landis case were all critical of the LNDD . Landis' defense team put up a convincing case that the lab's practices were questionable at best. Lab director Jacques de Ceaurriz took exception to the criticism feeling that the lab was too harshly treated:
"We took a lot of flak," he told AP. "It was a little exaggerated. Things could have been handled better, without attacking the laboratory.
They took a lot of flak? They don't know what flak is.
The VeloNews' Patrick O'Grady took the lazy way out and let a picture take his cheap shot at Floyd Landis for him.
The New Zealand Herald says that even though the UCI declared Oscar Pereiro the 2006 Tour de France champion he will not be officially considered so until Floyd Landis decides on whether he will pursue an appeal.
Newsweek includes a Floyd Landis quote in its' "quotes in the news" section:
"I have to assess whether a system that is corrupt is worth subjecting myself to again."---Floyd Landis
Rant writes that with Yom Kippur upon us it's a time of reflection and atonement for him, for us, and for Floyd Landis who is weighing an appeal to the decision he lost Thursday. Rant feels there's only one thing that really matters in all of this and that's what is best for Floyd, Amber, and Ryan.
Sports for Sports Fans thinks that it was one excuse after another for Floyd Landis and it's time to let the spotlight go, fess up, and move on.
Chris Lavender at MySpace says so long professional cycling.
Cycling Phun takes a poke or two at Floyd Landis with some "decision humor". I can't quite manage a laugh at this point.
Erik's Bicycle and Multisport Blog reviews the latest doping news including the judgement aginst Floyd Landis.
Podium Cafe makes the point that no one or nothing can bring the ASO and the UCI together more quickly than the chance to dis Floyd Landis. Chris also thinks that Oscar Pereiro may be the worst winner ever of the Tour de France, obviously he will not be heading up Oscar's fan club.
Bicycle Frenzy features a guest columnist who wonders IF you can believe in Floyd Landis and "the system" at the same time. At this juncture in time probably not.
Thoughts from Apex mulls over the NPR report from Friday on the Landis decision, and then does some reasoning of his own. He thinks that yes there may have been exogenous testosterone found in the Landis sample tested by the LNDD, but how it got there is the real question. As far as he is concerned Floyd did not dope.
Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Cycle, Cycle Too is torn over the Landis decision and is himself a stickler for paperwork being in order. Still, he is not entirely sure what to think, but is nonethelss considering making a donation to the FFF.