Here we go again. Talk about calling this one. Last Sunday when Floyd Landis captured the Tour de France we made the followingÃ‚ prediction that seems to have been dead on.
Let’s just hope the French don’t start with drugÃ‚ accusations ofÃ‚ Landis as they did with Armstrong as American’s dominated what is mainly considered a European sport.
Ã‚ The International Cycling UnionÃ‚ (UCI) conveniently located in Paris, France has accused an unknown rider ofÃ‚ Ã‚ failing a dope test during the race. Never going to guess who that rider is.
You guessed it, Tour de France winner, Floyd Landis. This is almost hard to believe. The UCI has accused past 7 time winner American Lance Armstrong of the same without success. Now after Armstrong retires and another American wins the Tour de France. What happens? They accuse himÃ‚ of failing a drug test as well.
The Swiss-based Phonak team said it was notified by the UCI on Wednesday that Landis’ sample showed “an unusual level of testosterone/epitestosterone” when he was tested after stage 17 of the race last Thursday.
One begins to really wonder whether these tests are legitimate and believable or this has become a sour grapes witch hunt. It is hard to imagine that with all eyes on the bicycling world and the legitimate doping scandals and accusations that anyone would continue to cheat. It makes these accusations rather hard to accept. Maybe American riders just have more testosterone.
Tour De France Winner Flunks Drug Test
LONDON (AP) — Tainted at the start, the Tour de France may have been tainted at the finish, too. Floyd Landis’ stunning Tour de France victory was thrown into question Thursday when his team said he tested positive for high testosterone levels during stage 17.
According to Arlene Landis, her son said heÃ‚ did nothing wrong.
But Arlene Landis said her son called Thursday from Europe and told her he had not done anything wrong.
“He said, ‘There’s no way,’” she said in an interview with The Associated Press at her home in Farmersville, Pa. “I really believe him. I don’t think he did anything wrong.”
Second-place finisher Pereiro said he was in no mood to celebrate.
“Should I win the Tour now it would feel like an academic victory,” Pereiro told The Associated Press at his home in Vigo, Spain. “The way to celebrate a win is in Paris, otherwise it’s just a bureaucratic win.”