In the irony of ironies, Spanish cyclist Oscar Pereiro is being questioned by French anti-doping authorities for two failed drug tests during the Tour de France.
The number 2 finisher in last year's Tour, Pereiro, left, had been all but annointed with the yellow jersey as 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis fights accusations that he doped during the Tour. If Landis loses the fight, he loses the Tour title.
If Pereiro can't satisfactorily respond to the doping accusations, the title might go to — bear with me while I look this up — No. 3 finisher Andreas Kloden (Germany) of T-Mobile. But the French newspaper Le Monde says six other unidentified cyclists are being challenged.
As we go down the GC, we don't get to a Frenchman until AG2R's Cyril Dresser in No. 7. That might sound a little fishy, but Le Monde reported that some of the cyclists being challenged were Frenchmen. ….
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If Landis fails to convince the arbiters that the tests carried out by the French lab were flawed, the whole thing will end up in the lap of the Court of Arbitration of Sport. That's the last stop before Landis would be suspended from professional cycling for two years and lose his Tour de France title. He's already …
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Floyd Landis will launch his defense against doping charges next week when his attorney submits materials to a US Anti-Doping Agency review board that there's insufficient evidence to proceed against this year's Tour de France winner.
In a press release posted at FloydLandis.com, attorney Howard Jacobs says he and a team of scientific experts found “inconsistencies in the testing protocol and methodology” after reviewing 370 pages of documents provided by the French lab. …
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OLN bicycling commentator Phil Liggett was interviewed about the Floyd Landis affair last weekend by Carlton Reid of UK-based BikeBiz, a bicycle industry newsletter. Reid posted the interview online at YouTube.com in his Cycling News & View series.
Landis, who's holed up at his home in Murrieta, California, blamed the leaks from Union Cycliste Internationale for his having to scramble to try and come up with an explanation for the out-of-whack testosterone-epitestosterone ratio. …
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While we all sit around waiting for the French lab to test “B” sample from the Tour de France, here's what's happening on the Floyd Landis front.
Nothing. But that doesn't stop the flow of information. Here's a news item, a blog about organic chemistry, the reliability of lab tests, Bob Roll asking questions and a video from the Steven Colbert Report: