Lance Armstrong Responds to Landis' Doping Allegations
Lance Armstrong spoke to the press prior to Thursday's Stage 5 at the Amgen Tour of California, responding to doping allegations by Floyd Landis against himself and other riders in the professional peloton.
Rihs came along and gave him a ladder to dig out of that hole. People aren't throwing him ladders anymore. I don't want to make a personal attack on Floyd Landis. I don't think he is a good guy or a bad guy, he certainly has some issues. You know that as well as I do. I'm not breaking any news here. Floyd is an interesting character. He's volatile."
(Asked about allegations that Johan taught riders to dope) "Other than saying it is not true? We can only speak about what happened on our team. I can't tell you what happened at Phonak and I can't tell you how he won the 2006 Tour de France. The one thing that brought this about was him testing positive for the synthetic testosterone. He denies that still which is slightly odd. We categorically deny Johan teaching anybody, forget about Floyd teaching anybody to do that."
(Asked about the impact of this situation on US Cycling) "No doubt it is not a good story. This is a distraction. If you look at this race and the turn out I'd say things are strong. The sponsorship is strong and I feel that the teams here will be in the Tour this summer and I am optimistic that this will, but this is something that we have to deal with."