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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Say it ain't so Floyd!

Let's hope his testosterone was whacked from the ride/bonk, or it was the beer. I sure hope Floyd did not dope. Phonak had to make a statement today as Floyd dropped out of some criteriums in Holland and Denmark, and the press was checking with each country to see if their sports federation had been notified. The press was zeroing in on Floyd. They still need to test the "B" sample and try to determine if the spike was natural or synthetic.

From VeloNews:

The Phonak Cycling Team issued the following statement Thursday, confirming Landis as the rider in question:

The Phonak Cycling Team was notified yesterday by the UCI of an unusual level of Testosteron/Epitestosteron ratio in the test made on Floyd Landis after stage 17 of the Tour de France.
The Team Management and the rider were both totally surprised of this physiological result.

The rider will ask in the upcoming days for the counter analysis to prove either that this result is coming from a natural process or that this is resulting from a mistake in the confirmation.

In application of the Pro Tour Ethical Code, the rider will not race anymore until this problem is totally clear.

If the result of the B sample analysis confirms the result of the A sample the rider will be dismissed and will then pass the corresponding endocrinological examinations.

Please understand that we cannot at this time give you more detailed comments.


At July 27, 2006 11:12 AM, Blogger Dirt - LPBME said...

My response is in the masthead. This would really suck. If it is true, how do I explain to my kids that the heroic ride we watched with tears in our eyes was nothing more than chemistry?

At July 27, 2006 4:01 PM, Blogger Redlight said...

Inexplicable. Title says it best: Say it ain't so.

I'm sorry I was possibly right about my "roid rage". I was really joking, figuring he was amped up from epic rides.

Beer doesn't change it. He may be "differently" built chemistry-wise, and that's what the endocrinology will test.

I am so disappointed either way. What a way to ruin the sport, either using or accusing.


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