It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything on Tour de France winner Floyd Landis. His case has been pending for some time and it’s finally coming to arbitration. While he has mostly already been tried in the court of public opinion, it is important to remember that he is still the 2006 Tour Champ.
Today comes word from ESPN.com that the integrity of Landis’ urine samples are now being called into question because the lab handling the samples may have allowed improper access to them. Furthermore, dopring chargest against Spanish cyclist Inigo Landaluze were dropped a few months back because his samples were improperly handled as well. Landaluze was also accused of using testosterone.
Landis has always maintained his innocence and there have been a number of people who have come to his support. Testosterone is not something you use for a “quick hit” in a performance boost. It needs to be used over time to have it’s effects become beneficial, and Floyd has never tested positive in any of his other samples. On top of that, there have been a number of odd incidences with the testing labs over the years. It’s difficult to know who to trust and who to believe. At this point the whole process is a mess.
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