Yesterday Tour de France winner Floyd Landis denied taking any performance-enhancing drugs during the race and said he would fight to clear his name.
“I don’t know what the explanation for it is, whether it was a mistake or whether it’s an occurrence from some other circumstances that go on in the race or something I did,” he told reporters in a teleconference call.
“But it was not from an exogenous outside source of testosterone.”
When asked by reporters if he had taken any banned substances to boost his performance during the race, Landis replied: “No”.
Three time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has a different take on events and attacked the corruption of cycling.
“I can’t imagine the disappointment for Floyd and his family. I really did believe Floyd was clean.”
“The problem is the sport is corrupt and it corrupts everybody. I still believe it was one of the cleanest Tours ever. But is it 100-percent clean? No.
“You will always find riders who transgress the laws. I really did believe Floyd was not among them, that he was clean. Hopefully, he will be able to step up and tell the truth.
I guess much will be determined when the second set of tests are done. At that point someone will have much explaining to do, either Landis or those that have convicted him.
UPDATE: Floyd Landis Proclaims His InnocenceÃ‚
Floyd Landis said he has naturally high testosterone levels, and will undergo tests to prove he is not guilty of doping at the Tour de France. “We will explain to the world why this is not a doping case but a natural occurrence,” Landis said Friday in his first public appearance since a positive doping test cast doubt on one of the most stirring Tour de France comeback wins in history.