The Batt.com Texas A&M's newspaper, says it's out with the sports heroes and in with the scum. It says Floyd Landis "failed a urine test" and was stripped of his TdF title. The first part is better than "high testosterone", but misses the "allegedly"; the second part repeats misinformation. In an unrelated piece the issue of bicycle safety is discussed, and in some cases it's the cyclists themselves who seem to be creating some of the the safety hazards with irresponsible riding.
The San Diego Union Tribune posts an AP write-up of the ToM in which the author emphasizes the large enthusiastic crowds not discouraged from supporting cycling by doping scandals such as that which Floyd Landis has been embroiled in for the past 14 months.
The CyclingNews reports late today that the RFEC will take legal action on behalf of Alejandro Valverde against the UCI to the CAS:
RFEC President Fulgencio Sánchez said that "the Federation is going to take the Valverde's affair to its end. So, we are going to take immediate legal actions in the courts of Switzerland, as well as in the Court of Sport Arbitration."
AP has a report with no Landis content:
A Wall Street stock broker has been charged with assault after he became enraged during a cycling class at a posh health club and slammed a fellow member and his bike against a wall, according to a complaint.No claims of PED use have been made.
"This is spin rage," said Samuel L. Davis, Sugarman's [the victim's] attorney.
PJ seeks the signs of a decision in the Landis case on this chilly Day 6 and the first ballot again shows us the all too familiar black smoke. While PJ has been languishing in the square endlessly watching the stack he has missed several recent cycling events, not the least of which was George Hincapie's GC victory in the ToM. PJ's dedication is steadfast however and he, like the rest of us, waits.
Rant says that Floyd Landis is not the only one playing the waiting game, Iban Mayo knows all about being suspended in time too.
Dugard also posts an entry dedicated to the "Floyd watch". He is glad that we will know something soon, and then passes on some confusing anecdotes about being in Colorado where people tell of a "dissipated" Floyd who gets beaten by women in MB races. Maybe that was true at Teva, but someone should clue Marty in on the Leadville 100 and SM100 results.
Sara Best waits to hear the results of the Landis decision, and feels the USADA deck may have been stacked against Floyd all along. She is trying to send the most positive thoughts she can muster though. Sara also waits to hear if Levi Leipheimer will follow Johan Bruyneel to Astana, something that she feels might be a bad choice for both of them.
Veloguy notes that the Landis decision is due soon.
Finger Food wants to know what's up with Floyd Landis' media people? He wrote an email and got a reply from USADA, but got nada from the Landis camp. Maybe they're a bit preoccupied.
The Daily Spin blurbs the impending Landis decision, among other cycling tidbits.
The Outdoor Weblog finds Floyd Landis has already been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion even though the actual results of his USADA hearings will not be known until sometime this week.
Swap Blog's opinion is that the only person who really cares about the Landis decision is Floyd himself, the rest of the cycling world has moved on. We beg to differ.
One Life, One Lifetime has become disillusioned by cheating in sports, particularly after seeing Floyd Landis' spectacular Stage 17 ride in the 2006 Tour de France become tainted by doping accusations. So, OLOL voted the Barry Bonds home run record ball banished to outer space.
Sabernomics waits on the Landis decision like the rest of us, and figures no leaks and no news, so far, are good news for Floyd. Thanks for the generous plug.
CrystalZENmud creates a questionnaire, available for download and printing, for the participants in the November WADA summit. Part 1 of this post gives an idea of the contents within. Zen feels after reviewing the now hidden "redlined" revisions to the code, that they likely will not concentrate on what he considers the most pertinent issue facing WADA, that is consistency within its member labs:
I am convinced, and hope to convince readers, that the upcoming session will not focus, as it should, on the most important, heretofore ignored aspect of the WADA CODE: full harmonization of laboratory procedures, and further tightening of sanctions against laboratories that do not display adherence to the scientific International Standards, or who fail proper, 'results management' procedures by allowing premature releases (or leaks) of 'A Sample' results, prior to the 'B Sample' testing/confirmation of those, to the press.
Under an Hour says there's a rumor floating around that Floyd Landis will show up for the Mt Diablo Challenge.
Finger Food finally got a call back, and is almost sorry for snarknig Landis' PR people, but got over it. He also observes:
If I were a betting man, I’d wager that we will know whether or not Floyd is exonerated or will face a ban and more legal wrangling by Saturday… or Sunday… absolutely by Monday.
Over at the Daily Peloton Forums in the "Landis Decision" thread CAMPYBOB posts a picture purportedly of a USADA official's kid, with a WADA style pencil like one that may have been used to write the Landis decision.