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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.95
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    If I'm a rider, why don't I just burn rubber to make up as much time as I can, and/or win?


If it was closer, you'd see that sort of stage. The fact Landis has a minute over his nearest rival means he is pretty safe. He just has to cover Pereiro. Pereiro knows, deep down, he's not going to get away from Landis, so he covers Kloden to keep his 3rd spot and so on down the order. Normally the riders in the sprinters' teams would keep the race in check as well, but this year that scenario doesn't matter so much. But, McEwen's team will probably want a final stage win for him anyway.
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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
Uh...

    Originally posted by msnbc
    Tour de France champion Floyd Landis tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the race, his Phonak team said Thursday on its Web site.

    The statement came a day after the UCI, cyclings world governing body, said an unidentified rider had failed a drug test during the Tour.

    ...

    Landis has been suspended by his team pending the results. If the second sample confirms the initial finding, he will be fired from the team, Phonak said.




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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.65
More from the BBC (news.bbc.co.uk)

Apparently, the positive test came after his win in Stage 17. Landis has also pulled out of 2 races that he was scheduled to run this week, without explanation.

This might actually be worse than Armstrong, if the B sample turns out to be positive as well. He did this, supposedly clean, on a bum hip, needing one of the biggest come-from-behind performances ever to do it, and now it comes out that he may be dirty?



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Are they setting us up for a big disappointment come Saturday?

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CYC_LANDIS_DOPING?SITE=RANDOM&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT


    Landis awaiting backup doping test result Saturday
    By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press Writer
    August 2, 2006


    PARIS (AP) -- Floyd Landis said all he wanted was a chance to clear his name. His first opportunity will come Saturday -- though not even the Tour de France champion believes it will do him much good.

    Landis, who showed a testosterone imbalance in an initial urine sample taken during the Tour de France, will find out this weekend whether the "B" sample confirms that result, or gets him off the hook.

    Not even Landis' legal team thinks that's going to happen. The 30-year-old cyclist and his lawyer have previously acknowledged that they expect the "B" sample to show the same elevated ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone found in the "A" sample last week.

    Michael Henson, a spokesman for the cyclist, confirmed Tuesday that a urine test on Landis after the tour's 17th stage turned up an 11:1 ratio -- far above the 4:1 limit allowed. A 1:1 ratio is average.

    The "A" sample was provided July 20 by the cyclist after he zoomed his way back into contention by winning a tough Alpine leg with an epic ride that will long be remembered by race fans.

    Landis has insisted that his body's natural metabolism -- not doping -- caused the elevated result, and said he would undergo further tests to prove it.

    But a New York Times report cast doubt on that defense. The newspaper cited a source from the UCI, cycling's international federation, saying that a second analysis of the "A" sample, called a carbon isotope ratio test, had detected synthetic testosterone in Landis' system. The newspaper said the person at UCI had knowledge of the result.

    The "B" sample, collected from Landis at the same time as the "A" sample, will be unsealed in the presence of Landis' lawyer and tested at the same Chatenay-Malabry lab near Paris.

    If it comes back negative, the cyclist would be cleared.

    If the tests confirm the "A" sample results, Landis could become the first winner of cycling's premiere race to lose the yellow jersey in a doping case. Should that occur, Tour runner-up Oscar Pereiro of Spain would be declared the winner.

    Landis has already been suspended by his Phonak racing team pending the final results, and could be fired. He could also face a two-year ban from racing.

    Henson confirmed Wednesday that an isotope test had taken place, but declined to provide details.

    UCI president Pat McQuaid said he hadn't seen the test results, but emphasized that Landis was presumed innocent until found guilty and guaranteed the cyclist would be given the chance to defend himself before an arbitration panel before any penalties would be imposed.

    "It could take weeks," McQuaid told The Associated Press by telephone.

    He added that even if the "B" sample confirms the "A" results, no penalties would be decided "until the disciplinary process is completed." That process could also drag out if Landis decides to appeal a UCI ruling before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani said results from the "B" sample were expected to be released Saturday morning.

    Landis was traveling Tuesday within the United States, his spokesman said, without specifying the destination.

    "We're waiting for conclusive results," Henson added, but he declined to comment about whether synthetic testosterone had been found in the first sample.

    McQuaid, too, would not confirm whether synthetic testosterone was found in Landis' "A" sample.

    "It's big news, certainly," he said, "but it doesn't change the protocol. It's not our policy to give out details about such cases."

    The Tour began and ended under the specter of doping -- a plague that has consistently dogged cycling. On the eve of the July 1 start to the race, nine riders including prerace favorites Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso were sent home after being implicated in a Spanish doping probe.

    Asked about the Landis case, Dick Pound, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said: "I sure would hate to be the brand manager for cycling right now."

    Associated Press writer Jean-Luc Courthial in Paris contributed to this report.

    Updated on Wednesday, Aug 2, 2006 8:47 am EDT


See also (Bugmenot required to visit the New York Times):
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/02/sports/othersports/02landis.html?_r=1&ref=sports&oref=login




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