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.