The LA Times' Michael Hiltzik reports that the hearings were formally closed on Thursday this week making the final day in the 10 day span accorded the arbitrators to render their verdict September 23 rather than the previously reported September 22:
Arbitrators in the doping case against Tour de France cyclist Floyd Landis said they formally closed the hearing record on Thursday, a procedural step that requires them to issue a ruling within 10 days, or by Sept. 23. That would mark four months since the three-member panel ended a nine-day evidentiary hearing May 23.
NPR ran a cheaters timeline yesterday on "All Things Considered" and as has been the case all too frequently lately, Floyd Landis is on their list of infamy.
CyclingNews, a ways down in the page, talks of the hearing close, then talks about Mayo's B sample -- being split, and sent to Australia and Ghent, Belgium. What changed between 2006 and now that allowed splitting and sending samples to labs other than the single one that did the A sample analysis? The Landis case, and scrutiny of the LNDD are about the only things that come to mind. We're unaware any rules have been changed. Thanks to JRD for the tip.
Cycling Fans.com wouldn't want to predict the final outcome of the Landis /USADA hearings.
Dimitri's Case Files wonders, with all the cheating and cheaters out there, what sports have come to. Does no one in sports have any honor or dignity anymore?
Triple Crankset thinks this could be it, and publishes the worst possible picture he could find of "Bad Boy" Floyd. Sigh.
PJ notes that the first ballot was already taken this morning and the smoke is still black. He feels this bodes well for Floyd Landis. The longer they take the better for Floyd? Maybe.