The IHT/Abt reports that today Oscar Pereiro's long wait for the 2006 Tour de France yellow jersey ends with ceremonies in Madrid, despite Floyd Landis' appeal to the CAS. Concluding advice:
So, congratulations, Oscar, but keep the acceptance speech discreet. Stick with "I never thought this day would come."
Stay away from "Whoever would have thought that I could win the Tour de France" or "This is a victory they can never take away from me."
The VeloNews also notes that Oscar Pereiro will finally get the maillot jaune from 2006. The VeloNews Monday Mailbag has some letters from a couple of cycling fans want Floyd to stop, NOW. Other topics are covered such as lab work, and the motivation behind cheating, but one answer to a query from the editors is particularly timely:
In the unlikely event that Landis wins his appeal to the International Court for Arbitration in Sport, would the Tour de France organizers then "strip" Oscar Pereiro of his retroactive jersey and give it back to Landis?
Battle Creek, Michigan
Well, Brian, as we read the rules, the UCI would have to re-award the title to Landis, since the doping charge is the only reason it was taken away in the first place. While that might be acceptable to Pereiro, it may raise a few hackles at ASO. A favorable CAS ruling might prompt French anti-doping authorities to resurrect the case that was put on hold when USADA charges were pursued against Landis. Indeed, that would then trigger a whole new round of hearings, not only on the evidence, but on the French authorities' jurisdictional rights, which at the time of the Landis case, they had not yet handed over to WADA. Frankly, we haven't spent this much time worrying about the minutia of doping since the '70s. -Editor
Yes, a whole new can of worms would be opened. It'll be so much easier for everybody but Landis if the system just finds him guilty again.
The Facts.com talks about cheats and liars in sports.
The Times posts a piece penned by former cyclist Ian Mardall who feels that Floyd Landis was trying to defend the indefensible.
The CyclingNews notes that at the Paris-Tours pro cycling tour event yesterday the AFLD's doctor in charge of doping controls was late, and thus no testing was done. Heaven help a rider who was similarly late for a test to be performed on him/her.
CNN World Sport has Oscar Pereiro getting "crowned" later today as 2006 TdF champ. Pereiro is quoted:
"The Tour has told me that the ceremony today will make it official, so that's enough for me,"
USAToday Sports Scope wonders about considering some PEDs as "training supplements" instead of banned substances, and points to us as illustration of "interpretation wars" that might result.
The AP take on Pereiro getting the yellow jersey today makes it appear that Oscar was leading Landis by 8 minutes when Floyd has a tremendous "comeback" and beat him for the yellow jersey. They ignore Team Phonak giving the yellow to Pereiro by letting him go in order to avoid having to defend the maillot jaune all the way to Paris. Selective memory serves some people very well.
ESPN carries an expanded AP version of the Oscar Pereiro story from today with this generous quote from tour director Christian Prudhomme:
We can blame Floyd Landis for many things but we can't blame him for defending himself," Prudhomme said.
The AFP quotes Oscar Pereiro as graciously saying he feels sorry for Floyd Landis as he was handed the yellow jersey for the 2006 TdF today in Madrid:
"This is an emotional moment, a day that I will never forget," said Pereiro after Tour director Christian Prudhomme awarded him the jersey.
"I feel very sorry for him. I can't celebrate what happened but in sports there are rules that must be respected," added Pereiro.
Fox Sports.au feels you'd have to be a fool to watch next year's Tour de France which has become a doping sideshow proving that cycling should just be banned. So, why not allow the use of PEDs which might level the playing field?
Rant feels that giving Oscar Pereiro the yellow jersey today, with a pending appeal to the CAS by Floyd Landis, is premature at best, and may turn into further embarrassment for the UCI and ASO. Maybe they know something about how well fixed the CAS process is.
Racejunkie discusses all sorts of things including the fact that yesterday was Floyd Landis' birthday. It was quite a year for Floyd, and thanks for the plug. He also has some choice words about David Millar's fight against doping in cycling:
I see that St. David "I Only Confessed Because You Found It In My Hotel Room" Millar gets rewarded yet again for his hasty yet surely sincere change of heart by getting tix to the upcoming WADA antidoping summit. Well, he sure sets a good example for the rest of the peloton for how to conduct yourself when you get busted for optimum sympathy, if that counts as the fight against doping!
The Inadvertent Gardener loves pure sport and is among the many disappointed that a hero cheated. What is "pure sport" anyway?
MH Life correctly links PED scandals of the year to skepticism on next years smarmy "up close and personal" segments in Olympic coverage -- then tells the story of his own surprising testosterone testing result.
Sara Best posts a Photoshopped picture of Oscar Pereiro on the podium at the TdF in yellow released by Caisse d'Epargne. Strange indeed, and not that well done either. Sara also posts a statement released by Pereiro part of which reads:
The moment I received the profit of my work, I had mixed feelings, something between satisfaction and regret for we were deprived of."
The Outsider hopes that Oscar Pereiro doesn't test positive for anything, and that OP gets four ladies on the podium with him if he ever wins another TdF.
The Outdoor Weblog puts himself in Oscar's place, and if he were Oscar Pereiro he would tell the ASO to keep the yellow jersey.
Team Armada wonders if Oscar's ceremony isn't premature.
The Adventure Blog says that even though the Landis appeal to the CAS could be successful, today is about Oscar Pereiro.
Entertainment Base posts today's TV talk show schedule and a repeat of "Last Call" with Carson Daly is on tonight featuring Floyd Landis. Check your local listings.