Friday, May 11, 2007

Something Stinks

Shortly after the Tour de France, news of Floyd Landis testing positive for performance enhancing drugs was leaked to the public. Landis has consistently maintained his innocence and continues to contest the results. Many, both cyclists and outsiders, have serious questions about both the validity of the tests and the objectivity of the testing groups.

Now, another frightening twist has developed. Landis is now reporting that the United States Anti-doping Agency offered him a deal if he would provide information about a certain 7-time winner of the Tour de France. If true, the offer is both despicable and in violation of USADA policy. While athletes may be told that cooperation in identifying others who violate doping rules, the mention of specific athletes by the USADA is prohibited.

The circumstances surrounding Landis' positive test are highly suspect. The damage the allegation has done to his reputation and career are obvious. If this latest accusation from Landis prove true, it will indicate the need for a house cleaning at the USADA.

7 comments:

SkiRough said...

Ugh... Landis. It just drags on and on and on and on. Landis is the "Anna Nicole Smith" of the cycling world. It wont go away.

Curly Su said...

wow. that is just horrible. why? i don't understand how some things become corrupt. politicians i kind of understand, but the USADA? why?!

Wrenching Winz said...

Its the French and the UCI vs the ProTour. Lets just get back to racing, the Giro starts this weekend and i want some good racing

seaducer said...

It shows the lengths either USADA or Floyd will go to in order to win. I hope Floyd has proof of this "deal", otherwise it is he said/they said and USADA will deny it either way. You know?

Comm's said...

After the Rutger Beke fiasco with destroying the case against his doping charges with the same agency (& he just won IMAZ) I am glad that Landis is standing up. Whether he wins or loses I hope its definitive and gets this 'splicing the baloney too thin-off on technicality' stuff goes away.

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

you are right. despicable.

Nancy Toby said...

I'm a strong anti-doper, but the things I've heard over the last several months about the USADA (while watching Floyd's case closely) are fairly reprehensible.