Category Archive: Tour de France 2006

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.

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.

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

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/07/29/floyd-landis-defends-himself-on-larry-king-show/

Photo essay on Tour de France

Danish journalist and photographer Joergen Leth narrates a photo essay on the Tour de France at Magnum Photos.

We're talking 35 mostly black and white images taken over the years of the Tour and its environs. Add a little accordian music for a pleasureable experience. Magnum Photos, a cooperative owned my its photographer members, has …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/07/28/photo-essay-on-tour-de-france/

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.

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/07/28/landis-says-his-high-testosterone-is-natural-more-results-due-monday/

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.

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

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/07/28/floyd-landis-rejects-doping-claims/

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.

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/07/27/tour-de-france-champ-floyd-landis-fails-drug-test/

OLN's viewers rise as Tour ends; network continues bike race coverage in 2007

As American Floyd Landis battled his way back into the Tour de France leadership on Thursday, more Americans tuned in to watch than at any time previously during this year's three-week bike race.

Meanwhile, the network says it will continue to cover bicycle racing in 2007 with its Sunday coverage of the Giro d'Italia, Paris-Nice, and other spring classics, as well as adding the Tour of California. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/07/26/olns-viewers-rise-as-tour-ends-network-continues-bike-race-coverage-in-2007/

Teams change for Leipheimer, remain the same for Landis

Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, left, is trying to curb speculation that he's changing teams; he says he'll stay with his current team, which is switching its title sponsorship to San Francisco-based iShares next season.

Meanwhile, US cyclist Levi Leipheimer signed with the Discovery Channel team. ..

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/07/25/teams-change-for-leipheimer-remain-the-same-for-landis/

Bicycle quote: A bicycling champion's mom

“I'm glad we didn't have to make that choice. Church is very important to us. We felt in our hearts he was going to win. He is not one to take second place.” …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/07/24/bicycle-quote-a-bicycling-champions-mom/

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.

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/07/23/floyd-landis-wins-tour-de-france-hushovd-final-stage/

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