Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles

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07/28/2006| 0 comments
by Dave Osborne
Floyd Landis - Tour champion? Photo copyright Ben Ross/Roadcycling.com/<A HREF="http://www.benrossphotography.com" TARGET=_BLANK>www.benrossphotography.com</A>.
Floyd Landis - Tour champion? Photo copyright Ben Ross/Roadcycling.com/www.benrossphotography.com.

Dave's Dogmatic Dribbles

2006 Tour de France - Postlogue.

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I've got that queasy feeling in my gut again. It's not from the spicy burrito I had for breakfast. It's from drugs and cycling.

Floyd's pee test from his miraculous comeback in stage 17 must be growing hair!  "The Phonak Cycling Team was notified by (world cycling body) the UCI of an unusual level of testosterone/epitestosterone ratio in the test made on Floyd Landis after stage 17 of the Tour de France,'' Phonak said in a team statement. A guy must have something unusual in his testosterone to perform the way he did. I would like to think it was from the heart and soul.

In a sport where you are guilty until proven innocent, Floyd is now damaged goods. Combine that with his silence and it doesn't help with regurgitation control.

"Today, Phonak confirmed the cancellation. They could not say anything about why Landis has disappeared," said Jyske Bank Grand Prix spokesman Nils Finderup. "We have tried to call him, to call his agent, and to call the head of the Phonak team, but no one has answered." Organisers of the Acht van Chaam event were also angry at Landis' no-show. "We have tried to contact Floyd and his manager but we have not been able to," said race agent John van den Akker. "We are very annoyed. We have invested a lot of money to ensure his appearance and we would have expected some kind of explanation."  

Maybe he's golfing with Dr. Fuentes. I'm sure he will present a prepared statement soon?probably waiting to hear back from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>

The 2006 Tour de France was already turned upside down before it even started. Then it was turned inside out. Now, I think it is somewhere in outer space.

This just in, a pharmaceutical company is sponsoring a new pro team. Contracts are being offered to Ullrich, Landis, and Basso!

Landis?s mother, Arlene, said this morning that she talked to him on Tuesday but that they did not discuss the drug test.

?I didn?t talk to him about that, but I know he?s taking medicine for the pain in his hip,? she said. ?They stirred up trouble for Lance, too.?

Landis had already withdrawn from two races in Europe this week, Wednesday's

Acht van Chaam street

race in the Netherlands and Thursday's Jyske Bank Grand Prix in

Phonak said Landis would not ride until the matter had been clarified and said that if the B sample analysis confirmed the result of the A sample, the rider would be dismissed.

Phonak added: "The team management and the rider were both totally surprised by this physiological result.
"The rider will ask in the upcoming days for the counter analysis to prove either that this result has come from a natural process or that this is the result of a mistake."

Landis had earlier pulled out of a race in
on Thursday. He also did not ride in a scheduled race in the
on Wednesday.

Confirmation of a positive drugs test for Landis is the


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