Category: Floyd Landis Watch

More bad news for Floyd Landis

Synthetic testosterone was detected in the Floyd Landis urine sample taken after Stage 17 at the Tour de France, an unidentified worker in the Union Cycliste International's anti-doping department told the New York Times.

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If true — none of this is official, the latest comes from an unidentified source — it would fly in the face of the Tour de France winner's contention that the high ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone was a natural condition of his physiology. …

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Floyd Landis defends himself on Larry King Show

Since a doping allegation is no frivolous matter in the sport of cycling, Floyd Landis skipped the Jay Leno show Friday night for an interview by Larry King on CNN.

“I'm going to do my best to defend my dignity and my innocence,” the Tour de France winner told King.

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Lance Armstrong spoke on the show in support of Landis' character. …

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Landis says his high testosterone is natural; more results due Monday

We may know as early as Monday the results of an analysis of Floyd Landis' “B” sample and whether the American cyclist will be able to keep his 2006 Tour de France championship.

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Making his first public appearance on Friday, Landis told a press conference that he has naturally high testosterone, and that he would undergo further testing to prove the high testosterone ratio is due to natural physiology. …

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Floyd Landis rejects doping claims

Tour de France winner Floyd Landis — who has tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone — denied that he took the performance-enhancing drug to gain a boost during the bike race, which ended Sunday.

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When asked by Sports Illustrated columnist Austin Murphy if used testosterone, Landis responded: “No, c'mon man.” …

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Tour de France champ Floyd Landis fails drug test

Say it ain't so, Floyd. Was winning the Tour de France so important that you had to resort to cheating? Let's hope not.

Even after several top cyclists were expelled prior to the Tour over doping allegations, I'm still shocked to hear that Floyd Landis tested positive for the banned substance testosterone in a sample taken after his historic Stage 17 victory. Another analysis is scheduled.

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It's like talking with a friend on a bike ride and getting blindsided by a low-hanging branch at the side of the road. …

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Floyd Landis wins Tour de France, Hushovd final stage

For the eighth straight year, an American took the podium on the Champs-Elysees Sunday as native Pennsylvanian Floyd Landis won the Tour de France championship.

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The 30-year-old leader of the Phonak team thanked his teammates for supporting him, especially for his comeback in the final Alpine stage. Later he told OLN: “I'm proud of the way my team raced, and I'm proud of the way I raced.” …

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Floyd Landis' wild ride to Paris

The 2006 Tour de France for Floyd Landis has been a series of ups and downs. Unlike the well-directed affairs that marked the latter years of Lance Armstrong's domination, this has been more like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

Here's a recap of some events in Landis' Tour:

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Prologue — Landis loses 8-10 seconds as he shows up late to the podium. It turns out that the team mechanic had to change a cut tire at the last minute, rather than risk having a flat on the road. (9th place — 9.26 seconds behind Thor Hushovd) …

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Tour de France poll results: Floyd Landis wins

American Floyd Landis, left, received the most votes in the “New Tour de France Poll” launched Friday after Le Tour's two top contenders were suspended from bicycle racing.

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The leader of the Phonak team received 33% of the votes, followed closely by fellow American George Hincapie who was favored by 28% of those voting. Another US cyclist, Levi Leipheimer, tied Spain's Alejandro Valverde with 9% of the vote. …

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Bicycle quote: “Whenever” is now for Landis

“I'd like to think I can keep improving, but at this point, I'm here to help Lance. I'm not saving anything for me. I'll worry about that a few months from now or next year or whenever.” …

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