Sportingo posts an op-ed piece which wonders if any sports heroes are truly "clean" and uses Floyd Landis and Justin Gatlin, as examples of those who are not. Even the ones who have been thought of as not doping could be, and an unwritten code among competitors may be at work:
1) If you take banned substances in certain sports, you are accepted by other athletes because the majority are doing the same.
2) Don’t get caught. If you do, you are on your own. Other athletes will not pass comment on your positive test, but if pushed will condemn you as a cheat to protect their good name and that of their sport.
To which we'll add our own:
3. If you are in the non-doping portion, and are accused, you will be thrown under the bus anyway.
The VeloNews reports that WADA will participate in a "doping summit" in Paris October 22-23 which was organized by the French Sports minister Roselyne Bachelot and will include the UCI among other agencies:
"WADA is willing to further assist cycling and all other sports in finding solutions to the doping issue," said WADA president Richard Pound in a statement.
The CyclingNews continues to write about the war of words between the UCI, which reiterated its' stance Monday that Alejandro Valverde will NOT participate in the World Championships, and the RFEC who , along with Valverdes' own legal representation, promises to take the UCI to either civil court or to the CAS in the dispute. Valverde continues to insist that he will go to the Worlds, and will wait until the end of this week to take legal action against the UCI.
CyclingNews letters on Friday contained this backpedaling by Jacob Motola:
There have been few times in my life where I have found it necessary to admit that I may have made a mistake and to apologize publicly for something I have said or done. This is one of those times.
Greg LeMond is a gentleman and someone who has a love and passion for cycling equal to any of us who have straddled a bike. His passion for cycling is only eclipsed by his integrity willingness to stand up for what he believes in. He loves this sport and is willing put himself out there, he was willing to defend his position and educate rather than attack. I have nothing but respect for someone who is willing to do so.
I feel I have every right to be angry about what is going on in our sport. I have no right to question Mr. LeMond's motivation and less his integrity. I believe in Mr LeMond and wish him nothing but the best.
This sounds like a response to phone call from Mr. LeMond or his Attorney, in response to an earlier mail we quoted where Mr. Motola rhetorically asked, "What did you get for your soul, Greg?" An emailer fairly pointed out we should carry the followup, which we'd missed.
Rant writes about the accountability of athletes who face bans and the loss of their reputations when accused of doping as opposed to the agencies who render the accusations and seem to have no accountability if they are found in error. Alejandro Valverde may be taking the UCI to court over their actions against him, this may be his only recourse:
When those who make the rules feel that they don’t need to follow their own rules, the system loses credibility. When labs are found to be lax in their processes, procedures or even the training of their personnel and nothing is done about it, the system loses credibility. When athletes are held to a standard of fair play, and the anti-doping system isn’t, the system loses even more credibility.
Champions of Scalleycat contend that the real "Landis Trial" will be held on September 22 at 5PM in Reno in an alley behind Bike Brothers. Bring your skinsuits. Sounds fishy, but we'll bite.
Ruminations on Life and Cycling is a little bummed about his almost-great picture of Four Floyds.
Bikes And Beer shows that Landis did attend a post SM100 gathering in a dimly lit place that was serving -- and that he has an iPhone.