We figure from the latest scheduling order that the USADA reply in the Landis Federal case will probably be turned in Friday or Monday next week.
Reuters notes CAS handled nearly 300 cases this year, a record. Half the cases dealt with football (soccer) issues, and 1/3 with doping -- and Landis mentioned as one of prominance. Matthieu Reeb, the CAS boss, expects more under the revised WADA Code.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)'s new code, which comes into force on Jan. 1, steps up the war on performance-enhancing drugs. It will give sport's federations greater scope suspending for players who test positive, according to Reeb.
"The athletes will have nothing to lose in coming to us to try to get their suspensions reduced. We'll have to be vigilant in maintaining our rapid procedures," the Swiss lawyer said.
He seems to have forgotten about the $100,000 fine added to the Landis award on appeal. Or maybe he thinks that shouldn't be possible, even though he signed off on it.
AP/Eddie Pells reports Kayle Leogrande was given a two year suspension for a non-analytic positive based partly on testimony of Suzanne Sonye and Frankie Andreu, and partly on other evidence. Joe Papp, who figured in the Landis hearing, also turns up with pictures of Leogrande holding EPO vials. Papp and USADA say they were taken at Leogrande's; Leogrande sais they were taken at Papp's house. Leogrande was not re-hired by Rock Racing for 2009.
Those interested can read the USADA press release, and the PDF of the arbitration award.
Papp himself chips in with a couple of comments to this post, clarifying where pictures were taken, and objecting to being characterized as a "patsy". While we think he was badly used by USADA in the Landis case, TBV has no other opinions about him to inflict on the readership.
NBC/Abrahamson thinks the Leogrande case marks a positive sea-change.
Rant writes about the two year "non-analytical" suspension given Kayle Leogrande. Looks like you have to be very careful about what you write on a post card these days, and damn those pesky cell-phone cameras.
TopTenz cites Landis among the cases that make TdF Doping Allegations the #4 sports scandal of all time, behind the #3 Black Sox, #2 MLB/Steroids, and #1, OJ Simpson.
ESPN/Sprow passes the observation that teens are cheating at "unprecedented levels", and wonders if Bill Belichick (sic), Kelvin Sampson, or Floyd Landis are to blame. We wag our fingers at parents. And bears.
ESPN, among many, passes the urgent news that Armstrong will ride in Le Tour, but maybe to support someone else. The Giro/Tour double might be too tough for him to try to lead both.
The Examiner/Raia reports on some fiddling with the Amgen ToC route, with changes to the Prologue and first stage, and reduction of the Women's event to a single day. We think the Palomar finish is still planned, but don't see where it would be on the tentative route. A comment says it's the final stage to Escondido. A read of his source article at Velonews shows it isn't a mountaintop finish, which dissappoints us. There will be lots of time to organize a chase after the summit.
With the final stage of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California as a difficult point-to-point road race, there is a chance to see an overall lead change, as well as a change in the KOM jersey leader on the last day. With four climbs, including the highest point ever reached in the Amgen Tour of California, and two sprints, Stage 8, sponsored by Amgen, can easily be characterized as the most difficult final stage that the Amgen Tour of California has ever seen. The cyclists will have to fight through the very end of the race, due to the addition of Palomar Mountain (5,123 ft.). At 11.7 miles, a seven percent average grade, 4,200 feet of climbing and 21 switchbacks, Palomar Mountain will provide a challenging conclusion to the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Organizers expect a hard sprint to the finish; as with all the Grand Tours of Europe, winning the final stage of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California is a prize coveted by the riders.
Velonews had one reader who wrote to welcome Landis back with the OUCH team, and VeloNews' "explainer" Charles Pelkey finally puts to rest the question of the first rider DQ'd from Le Tour for "cheating".
In a Cycling Weekly interview Lance Armstrong says he feels Floyd Landis didn't dope, well more specifically he said in an "American court of law" Floyd would not have been found guilty.
TruSport has posted something that has left me almost speechless from laughter. Geez Floyd, a slacker housecoat? What the fetch? Hey what about plagiarism?