No Landis Headlines for a While, Dept...
Everybody is going to be talking Lance, Lance, Lance...
Velonews passes on pointers to the Vanity Fair article making the announcement: Lance is saying he's coming back. God help us if there is testing issue. We will not be covering any case that may arise. There will be no shortage of others to take up that cause, should it come to the fore.
Slate has an interesting old article on Douglas Brinkley, the author of the Vanity Fair piece, and chosen Boswell. Imagine, if you can, Armstrong selecting the litererary executor of Hunter Thompson as his mouthpiece. Things are about to get weird, if you ask us.
Here and There
Hot on the heels of the Armstrong rumors comes renewed speculation about the future of Floyd Landis.
Bonnie D Ford at ESPN writes about the rumored return of Lance Armstrong which will allegedly, and perhaps appropriately, be revealed in Vanity Fair of all places. Bonnie manages to get in a few words about Floyd Landis' future as well:
Dethroned Tour winner Floyd Landis is eligible to compete next January and reportedly team shopping, his doping-related exile over. Rock Racing's Tyler Hamilton, banned for two years for blood doping he continues to deny, will be wearing the Stars and Stripes jersey of the national road champion after outfoxing the field to win in a photo finish a couple of weeks ago.
ESPN/AP also posts Astana's denials that Armstrong will ride for them any time soon. With Lance's recent penchant for actresses this may all turn into a reality/soap before we know it.
Racejunkie has lots to spew about this morning, not the least of which is the Armstrong "will he or won't he" rumors, but she saves her best and last for her sadness over the retiring Bobby Julich.
The New Common Sense ponders Floyd Landis' possible comeback as he speculates about the Armstrong rumors.
ArchPundit wonders if Dick Pound's head will explode with all of the talk about a possible Arnstrong comback and speculation that Floyd Landis is "team shopping".
Lij is hoping Landis can make it to the '09 Tour and kick Armstrong's ass.
Rant looks at Armstrong, and wishes him well. He also looks at the Paralympics, now being held in Beijing. Jeff Adams' heats in the 1500 wheelchair are coming up; there is a reported AAF; and the USOC funding doesn't compare well, to say, Canada. It's not a money maker, and The Games are a Business, after all.