The Tour keeps giving...
The AP says the AFLD is doing more tests of tour samples of riders it considers "suspicious". Blood samples from riders that had abnormal but not positive urine CERA tests have been retrieved from the Lausanne lab and sent to the AFLD lab at Chatenay Malabry for analysis. We're of mixed reactions to this. Jerking folks around months after the end of the event is annoying, but this doesn't seem as bad as the lab-shopping that happened to Heras. These are still the "A" samples, and WADA world can do pretty much anything it wants with A's, and we're not opposed to testing and catching cheats -- as long as it is done correctly. Reasonable people can have quite different views of what "correct" means in that context. The AP piece also runs down other tour testing results -- we don't remember Moises Duenas, and the clearing of Jimmy Caspar should say something about Armstrong's "chamois cream" incident. We note that Piepoli's denial of the confession reported in Spanish media is missing.
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Rant writes about the dq given Canadian parathlete Jeff Adams at the Paralympics in Beijing, and refers readers to Bonnie Ford's recent article about Floyd Landis' possible post-suspension return to cycling.
The CyclingNews also refers to Bonnie Ford's article about Floyd Landis without citing the source of his quotes used in the piece.
Racejunkie feels Johan Bruyneel has some big decisions to make on team leadership, and really "comeback kid" Floyd Landis doesn't owe us anything RJ, but it's nice to be thought of by someone.
The Roid Report's Gary Gaffney covers all his possible descriptive bases when he cites the potential return of Floyd Landis and refers to him as the "2006 non Tour de France winner/loser Floyd Landis".
The Sports Complex notes with some ambivalence Landis' possible return, laughing at the Tour of Missouri.
Cornbread & Shiftin' competed at Pepper Place, and got photos with Landis. There's race photos here, too.
TKP writes about his ride with "nice guy" tdf champ Floyd Landis on Saturday, and after he describes the law profession in no uncertain terms he relates what sounds like a great ride in Birmingham. tkp went out and bravely tried to stay ahead of Landis, with the usual results:
I was caught and the sat in on Floyd's wheel again until the last hill on Ruffner, where once over the top, Floyd came past me like a G5 passing a private single-engine, and eventually I lost sight of him, for good.
Below is a shot from tkp's blog where he is pictured with a very fit looking Floyd Landis.
Velo Cadence was also on the Saturday ride, and promises more:
I took pictures of him getting ready to ride the beach cruiser race. He had a passenger on the back. I will post the picture as soon as I upload it.
which he's done, saying Landis finished mid-pack in the Cruiser race.