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Armstrong Denies Landis Allegations
wsj ^ | MAY 20, 2010,

Posted on 05/20/2010 12:11:15 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Lance Armstrong has denied allegations made by disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis, who accused the seven-time Tour de France champion of doping.

"It's our word against his word," Mr. Armstrong said in Visalia, Calif., before the fifth stage of the Tour of California. "I like our word. We like our credibility.''

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: armstrong; cyclist; doping; floydlandis; jpb

Floyd Landis

Lance Armstrong


1 posted on 05/20/2010 12:11:15 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

So did he deny the drug allegations or the finger banging?


2 posted on 05/20/2010 12:14:37 PM PDT by SengirV
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To: JoeProBono
"It's our word against his word," Mr. Armstrong said in Visalia, Calif., before the fifth stage of the Tour of California. "I like our word. We like our credibility.''

Is that the Royal we...the editorial we?

3 posted on 05/20/2010 12:18:45 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Retired Greyhound
Yep, Lance used the Royal "we." Maybe he's got the hand-waive down too.


4 posted on 05/20/2010 12:30:30 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: JoeProBono

Originally Landis claimed he didn’t do it. He seemed credible in the claim. He came from a good family and a good community and used their credibility to boost his claims of innocence. He took legal action. He didn’t have enough money to continue to pursue legal action so he solicited funds and wrote a book to help with those costs.

Now he changes the story - he did do it (but it wasn’t his fault because everyone else was doing it). Does he plan to return all of the contributions to his defense fund? Will he need a new defense fund to defend himself from blow back from these latest accusations? What is the purpose of all this now - can’t get a spot on The Shack? Johan didn’t tweet nice things about him? He misses the spotlight now that his really racing ability can’t place him in it? An attempt to bring shame to the sport that ousted him?


5 posted on 05/20/2010 12:35:58 PM PDT by tahoeblue
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To: JoeProBono
Lance Armstrong is the most drug tested athlete in the history of sports.
6 posted on 05/20/2010 12:40:25 PM PDT by BillT (If you can not stand behind our military, you might as well stand in front of them!)
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To: JoeProBono

There probably hasn’t been one serious contender for the Tour de France in 50 years who hasn’t been on something. Sorry, it is the nature of the sport.


7 posted on 05/20/2010 12:51:59 PM PDT by sharkhawk (Always love your country¬óbut never trust your government--Robert Novak)
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To: BillT
Lance Armstrong is the most drug tested athlete in the history of sports.

I'd like to believe that Lance is clean, but professional athletes have let us down too often in the past.

I would think that when a physician or pharmacist develops a new PED or adapts and existing drug for such purposes that it takes quite a bit of time for the specific information to trickle out to the sport governing bodies. Then it takes still more time to design a blood or urine test to detect trace amounts of the drug based upon supposed dosing techniques. Sum it all up and the elite athletes with the best trainers have probably several years' head start on any new drug test.

When one of Lance's old blood samples tested positive a few years back it pretty much confirmed my suspicions that Lance's "program" is just a couple year's further ahead of the testing curve than the rest of the Tour riders.

8 posted on 05/20/2010 1:03:51 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: BillT

France has always maintained Lance Armstrong was on drugs of some kind, and I think they did lab tests confirming some of it. I don’t like Lance Armstrong’s answer, “It’s his word against ours.” Sounds more like, “I did it, but he can’t prove it.”


9 posted on 05/20/2010 1:13:04 PM PDT by kiltie65
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To: BillT

France has always maintained Lance Armstrong was on drugs of some kind, and I think they did lab tests confirming some of it. I don’t like Lance Armstrong’s answer, “It’s his word against ours.” Sounds more like, “I did it, but he can’t prove it.”


10 posted on 05/20/2010 1:13:36 PM PDT by kiltie65
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To: sharkhawk

Yes, sad but true. Cycling may be one of the most doped sports around. The only thing I can think of that might be worse is Pro Wrestling, those guys have to be on something.


11 posted on 05/20/2010 1:37:29 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (US out of the UN - UN out of the US)
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To: JoeProBono

Lance is a genetic freak, not a doper.


12 posted on 05/20/2010 1:42:00 PM PDT by vpintheak (Love of God, Family and Country has made me an extremist.)
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To: sharkhawk
There probably hasn’t been one serious contender for the Tour de France in 50 years who hasn’t been on something. Sorry, it is the nature of the sport.

You may be right. Fact is, there is a reason that very few cyclist trash their fellow cyclists who come up positive on drug tests.. thats because they know that THEY TOO are on them.

What Landis did on that hill, on that day, is STILL amazing, because even though he was "on", the people he smacked down were "on" too. Landis missed his "cover up" dose of another drug that was supposed to make his tests come up negative.. oops..

13 posted on 05/20/2010 1:45:19 PM PDT by Paradox (Socialism - trickle up poverty.)
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To: Tallguy

Yup-and it’s the same with horse racing.


14 posted on 05/20/2010 1:54:39 PM PDT by Amberdawn (As you go through life brother, whatever your goal, keep your eye on the donut and not on the hole.)
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To: vpintheak
After his cancer, Lance rebuilt his body more suited to the sport; 15 pounds lighter and less upper body mass.

If memory serves, he claimed in the first book that he couldn't have won the TdF as his old self.

15 posted on 05/20/2010 2:33:56 PM PDT by skeptoid
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To: tahoeblue

From article: ...he asked Mr. Landis to stay in the apartment and to monitor a digital thermometer to make sure the blood stayed at the optimal temperature just above freezing—around two degrees Celsius.

...he man handed him a nondescript package containing the blood, which Mr. Landis put in his jersey pocket, he explained. Mr. Landis said he transfused the blood himself.

Is it that the Landis doping program failed for lack of quality control or he cannot keep his BS straight?


16 posted on 07/03/2010 5:49:21 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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