“And the more you get out there and talk about it, I have to talk about it. The best is just to let the process play out and get out of the media. … I would have encouraged him just to lay low. …
“It’s certainly not a good situation for American cycling. But I am a fan and supporter of Floyd Landis. I believe in him.”
Lance Armstrong speaking to reporters in Indianapolis about what Floyd Landis should be doing right now. In the past week, Landis has appeared on more talk shows and quasi-news shows than a fading actor trying to resurrect his career with a new movie.
The Tour de France winner, whose championship is in jeopardy, has suggested a number of explanations for his off-kilter ratio of testosterone. Among them – nature, beer, Jack Daniels, cortisone, something he ate, etc.
Landis' scrambling to come up with a plausible explanation has made him sound like a drowning man grasping for straws. Armstrong said he's been in the public too much and needs to let the legal process continue. After Landis gets hip surgery, he'll have a hearing before the US Anti-Doping Agency.
“Armstrong urges Landis to lay low”, MSNBC, Aug. 12, 2006