Floyd Landis Takes His Case to the People

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what the Internet was created for: Floyd Landis, the tainted Tour de France winner, has used his website to post a voluminous defense against doping charges. The material includes:

+ his attorney’s motion for dismissal

+ a “complete World Anti-Doping Agency document package, inclusive of the testing information from Landis’s ‘A’and ‘B’ samples”

+ a PowerPoint presentation including: “the details of the carbon isotope ratio test (CIR), demonstrating that the CIR conducted on Landis’s urine sample does not meet the WADA criteria for a positive doping test … Demonstration of an unacceptable variation in sample testing results … [and] Errors in fundamental testing procedure and protocol”

I haven’t had a chance to look at this material yet, but figured a lot of you might like to know about this. FWIW, we posted previously on Landis here and here and here.


zbicyclist

Your central point is quite correct. We are now much closer to true freedom of the press, since everyone with an internet connection can now publish [a blog on Blogger, a web page on Geocities, a posting on Usenet/Google Groups, etc.).

Contemporaneously, it also seems like each of us has their own legal team. Not sure I feel so positively about that.

By the way, there are other urine tests (not related to Landis, but to alcohol use) which are under attack. See http://zbicyclist.blogspot.com/2006/10/wsj-urinalysis-test-faulty.html

zimmerdale

For ongoing indepth collaborative analysis of Landis's documents, check http://www.trustbut.com. You'll find more information than you ever wished for.

dbrower

I have prepared indexes, page links, and first pass analysis of the released documents at http://trustbut.blogspot.com, as well as an easier way to get the whole lab report as one pdf.

-dB

Rant

For more on the WSJ story that ZBicyclist talks about, see A Test That Works Too Well at Rant-Your-Head-Off.com. You can also find commentary on the Floyd Landis case and other issues there, as well.

badger99

where there is smoke....

Being a former competitve bicyclist, I find all of this pretty hard to believe. Bicycling takes very little athletic skill, truth be told. You just need to be able to process oxygen rapidly. Because of that, performance enhancing drugs and techniques can dramatically improve results. And the allure is such that many, many people in the sport do it.

"Why would he take testosterone? It doesn't help" is what is heard most commonly. Yeah - well maybe he didn't take testosterone. Maybe he did some blood doping. Perhaps he had blood extracted and preserved - and then re-injected it prior to the race...a pretty common technique. And maybe that blood was taken from when he was building muscle and on "regular old" androgens...

There are many possibilities - but the sheer number of positive tests that happen - coupled with every suspended athlete proclaiming their innocence is a bit tiring at this point.

Sure - false positives can happen. Maybe they can even happen twice. Maybe Landis is actually innocent. But the sheer numbers of athletes getting caught by testing can only logically mean that many athletes are doing it....and that is why I simply don't pay any attention to the sport anymore.

Read more...

abbottuhhm

I learned a little about testerone and other sex hormones today at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/science/17puberty.html?
I think that if Landis had been doping, he would have had an alibi/story fully prepared in case it came out. Maybe someone put the testerone in his shampoo!

zbicyclist

Your central point is quite correct. We are now much closer to true freedom of the press, since everyone with an internet connection can now publish [a blog on Blogger, a web page on Geocities, a posting on Usenet/Google Groups, etc.).

Contemporaneously, it also seems like each of us has their own legal team. Not sure I feel so positively about that.

By the way, there are other urine tests (not related to Landis, but to alcohol use) which are under attack. See http://zbicyclist.blogspot.com/2006/10/wsj-urinalysis-test-faulty.html

zimmerdale

For ongoing indepth collaborative analysis of Landis's documents, check http://www.trustbut.com. You'll find more information than you ever wished for.

dbrower

I have prepared indexes, page links, and first pass analysis of the released documents at http://trustbut.blogspot.com, as well as an easier way to get the whole lab report as one pdf.

-dB

Rant

For more on the WSJ story that ZBicyclist talks about, see A Test That Works Too Well at Rant-Your-Head-Off.com. You can also find commentary on the Floyd Landis case and other issues there, as well.

badger99

where there is smoke....

Being a former competitve bicyclist, I find all of this pretty hard to believe. Bicycling takes very little athletic skill, truth be told. You just need to be able to process oxygen rapidly. Because of that, performance enhancing drugs and techniques can dramatically improve results. And the allure is such that many, many people in the sport do it.

"Why would he take testosterone? It doesn't help" is what is heard most commonly. Yeah - well maybe he didn't take testosterone. Maybe he did some blood doping. Perhaps he had blood extracted and preserved - and then re-injected it prior to the race...a pretty common technique. And maybe that blood was taken from when he was building muscle and on "regular old" androgens...

There are many possibilities - but the sheer number of positive tests that happen - coupled with every suspended athlete proclaiming their innocence is a bit tiring at this point.

Sure - false positives can happen. Maybe they can even happen twice. Maybe Landis is actually innocent. But the sheer numbers of athletes getting caught by testing can only logically mean that many athletes are doing it....and that is why I simply don't pay any attention to the sport anymore.

Read more...

abbottuhhm

I learned a little about testerone and other sex hormones today at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/science/17puberty.html?
I think that if Landis had been doping, he would have had an alibi/story fully prepared in case it came out. Maybe someone put the testerone in his shampoo!