Skip to comments.Landis says his high testosterone is natural - Landis maintains doping innocence
Posted on 07/28/2006 10:38:36 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Floyd Landis said the high testosterone levels that caused him to fail a drug test at the Tour de France are the result of his natural metabolism -- not doping of any kind -- and he will undergo tests to prove it.
"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 the doping test cast doubt on his title, one of the most stirring comeback wins in Tour history.
Landis said in a teleconference Thursday that he had no idea what may have tripped the test following the race's 17th stage, where he made his heroic charge into the Alps last week.
But on Friday he was adamant that the reading is the result of his natural physiology.
"I would like to make absolutely clear that I am not in any doping process," Landis said. "I ask not to be judged by anyone, much less sentenced by anyone."
Landis is still awaiting results from a backup sample, which will clear him if it comes back negative. He said Friday that he would undergo additional testing to show that his body produces a high level of testosterone naturally.
If ultimately proven guilty, he could be stripped of the Tour title and fired from the team. Switzerland-based Phonak said it would ask that the backup sample be tested in the next few days.
The team suspended Landis after the International Cycling Union notified it Wednesday that he had an "unusual level of testosterone/epitestosterone" when his test was taken last Thursday, the day he staked his comeback in the Alps.
Landis said he was shocked when told of the initial positive result. He said he had been tested six other times during the tour, and many other times during the year.
His voice was subdued and at times downcast on the Thursday call, when he said he expected to clear his name but never to truly shake the disgrace of doping. But Landis turned defiant in his Friday appearance, chastising the media for implying that he was accused of doping and defending himself as an honest competitor who devoted his life to his sport.
"I declare convincingly and categorically that my winning the Tour de France has been exclusively due to many years of training and my complete devotion to cycling," he said. "I was the strongest guy. I deserved to win, and I'm proud of it."
In a file photo Floyd Landis celebrates on the podium after winning the 93rd Tour de France cycling race, in Paris, Sunday, July 23, 2006. Landis, whose stirring Tour de France comeback win was cast into doubt by a test for high testosterone, said he expects to prove his innocence.
Natural for Americans, that is.
A natural occurrence right after Stage 17.
Do you think his testosterone is as high as Janet Reno's?
But then Jan has Lance's missing testicle.
This is the first thing to hit me as well, reading his protestations here. Would you know, did he get tested before each and every stage, this only went *ding* at 17? Do you suppose he'll be able to dig up some endocrinologist who will explain that somehow the last hill or a tree in the road or whatever managed to increase his testosterone at that particular stage, not the others?? Hmm ...
I had mine checked the other night... it was "Full".
You can't take testosterone and get a one day boost, though. You'd have to be taking it for a while.
You can't take testosterone and get a one day boost, though. You'd have to be taking it for a while.
If they compared his testosterone level to French levels, it's no wonder it seemed abnormally high.
The SJ Mercury quotes a French newspaper that the Carbon 13/12 ratio indicates an exogenous source, which isn't good for Floyd.
Floyd will probably be able to kick up enough dust to get off, or a light punishment. The UCI cannot be too enthused about throwing away a Tour and Champion over just one lil' whacky T/E ratio.
Is there an allegation that he used something, which created the residual effect of a high testosterone level in the test? Is there such a drug? Yesterday, he said he drank whiskey the night before Stage 17. That's what my local radio newsbreak said, anyway.
Of course he has a high level of testosterone....compared to the French who are so upset at being unable to win the Tour de France again.
But we all know the French have no balls.
No balls, no testosterone.
No balls, no medals.
Having lived in Europe for several years I can verify that there is a definite lack of testosterone in the male population over there.
Maybe the French National Testosterone was spent at the World Cup?
Landis to critics "would you like to see my balls?"
July 28 (Bloomberg) -- Testosterone, the human hormone now linked with American Floyd Landis's Tour de France win, wouldn't have helped his performance if taken during this year's prestigious bicycle race, experts said today.
The hormone helps athletes train for races by enlarging muscle fibers over weeks of training, according to two American doctors and a consultant with the Montreal-based based World Anti-Doping Association, which has coordinated control of performance-enhancing drugs in Olympic-level sports since 1999.
``This effect takes several weeks to come into play,'' said Charles Yesalis, a Penn State University professor of health and human development, in a telephone interview today. ``I don't want to sound like Oliver Stone, but it raises some questions in my mind as to what's going on here.''
Landis, 30, whose hormone levels were found to be elevated after the 17th stage of the race, passed tests on six other occasions during the three-week event. Landis, who denied dosing himself with the hormone in a news conference today, would become the first winner of cycling's premier event to be stripped of the title for drug use if a second test of his urine, taken at the same time, confirms a violation.
Those results may not be available for at least two weeks, according to the sport's ruling body.
Testosterone ``increases the cross-sectional areas of the muscle and the size of the muscle fibers,'' said Timothy Foster, a Boston University School of Medicine professor of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, in a phone interview today. ``It's not something that happens overnight.''
``Testosterone doesn't help in the short term,'' agreed Steven Ungerleider, the Anti-Doping Association consultant, in a telephone interview today from Eugene, Oregon. ``None of the synthetic derivatives of testosterone would help in the short term, you have to go on long-term cycles involving a strict regimen.''
Ungerleider's group was formed in 1999 with support from the International Olympics Committee to help coordinate the fight against performance-enhancing drugs in sport.
Illegal in the U.S. save for sanctioned medical uses, athletes can definitely gain an edge using the hormone over several weeks, the experts said.
Hormones are naturally produced substances in the body that turn on genes in the body involving the size and shape of organs such as the breast, brain, skin and heart. Testosterone can lead to bigger muscles, and better muscle definition.
Levels Higher in Men
Men's testosterone levels are usually about 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter of blood, about 10 times greater than those normally found in women, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Various conditions, including infections involving the testicles, where the hormone is produced, sometimes require replacement injections, said Michael O'Leary, a urologist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Testosterone can only be used as a drug in the U.S. with a prescription, and its use is banned by the Olympics and some other sports events, Ungerleider said. Yet it remains easy to access in the U.S. and other countries through Internet sales and other channels, he said.
``You just push a button, do a Google search and you can get 300,000 hits for people selling these drugs,'' Ungerleider said. ``It's very disturbing.''
To contact the reporters on this story: John Lauerman in Boston at firstname.lastname@example.org;Last Updated: July 28, 2006 15:20 EDT
I heard him on Larry King last night.I think the second test will be positive. Why would one be positive and the other negative? If the French are out to get him then the second one will be positive for sure. Obviously this is just a guess but I have a feeling I am right.
It's amusing that every time an American beats the French in their precious Tour de France, they check the testosterone levels and start screaming "not natural". Maybe elevated levels for the French, but not for Americans apparently.
In every single previous situation, the second test has turned out to be negative.
Interesting article posted in #22...
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Actually what he is claiming is that on the ratio of Testosteron/Epitestosteron he is low on Epitestosteron making the ratio higher than "normal."
Just about everything I have read on this case leads me to believe something was tampered with and this is a conspiracy against Landis. If what these endocrinologists are saying is accurate about the effects of testosterone being evident only after prolonged use and the fact that Floyd passed 6 other tests in the race, then it's just not possible. Not to mention that it would possibly be the dumbest thing any cyclist could ever do in that race KNOWING that they were going to be tested if they won a stage. Call me naive but I simply do not believe it.
I smelled a rat from the gitgo!!!
Thanks, nutmeg. It'd be nice when the total story comes out.
True. I am by no means an expert on doping but from everything I have read, testoterone levels like this do not just "appear" and then they would not "disappear". This whole thing just stinks....
Maybe they just got used to American winners with low readings (think about Lance for a second, no disrespect, just a comparison...)