Skip to comments.Landis admits doping, accuses Lance (Armstrong)
Posted on 05/20/2010 10:43:37 PM PDT by FTJM
Nearly four years after he began waging a costly, draining and ultimately losing battle to discredit his positive test for synthetic testosterone at the 2006 Tour de France, Floyd Landis told ESPN.com on Wednesday he used performance-enhancing drugs for most of his career as a professional road cyclist, including the race whose title he briefly held.
In a lengthy telephone interview from California, Landis detailed extensive, consistent use of the red blood cell booster erythropoietin (commonly known as EPO), testosterone, human growth hormone and frequent blood transfusions, along with female hormones and a one-time experiment with insulin, during the years he rode for the U.S. Postal Service and Switzerland-based Phonak teams.
Landis confirmed he sent e-mails to cycling and anti-doping officials over the past few weeks, implicating dozens of other athletes including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, team management and owners, and officials of the sport's national and international governing bodies. ESPN.com is in the process of seeking comment from those individuals. Armstrong has long been dogged by accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs, but no anti-doping authority has ever confirmed that he tested positive.
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Tiger Woods faced the cameras and the world and said he was solely responsible and Floyd Landis uses e-mails to admit he did it and then seemingly justify it by saying others did it.
High class versus low rent.
Tiger Woods high class? WOW.
Look on Free Republic a few years ago. There were articles saying Landis was complaining that the anti-doping agency was offering him a reward if he would implicate Lance Armstrong. If he was guilty, why wouldn't he have taken it then? Did he become desperate and take it now?
He looked desperate on Larry King tonight (not that I watch that show regularly).
Floyd Landis is claiming that the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s lead attorney approached his lawyer offering -quote- “the shortest suspension they’d ever given an athlete” - if Landis gave up information implicating Lance Armstrong for doping.
Landis says he made the allegations public yesterday to show the lengths USADA will go to in prosecuting athletes.
Landis called the offer “offensive at best,” during a teleconference from Los Angeles. He says it “speaks to the character of the prosecution.”
Testimony begins Monday in Landis’ arbitration hearing.
USADA general counsel Travis Tygart held to the agency’s restriction on commenting about ongoing cases, but hinted at his reaction.
Tygart said, quote: “If Mr. Landis will waive the rule and allow me to comment, then I’ll be happy to address his nonsense.”
Landis is the Tour de France winner who tested positive for a high ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone after winning the 2006 Tour.
He faces the loss of the title and a two-year ban from competition if the doping allegations are upheld.
Landis has denied the allegations.
He’s scheduled to compete in the Teva Mountain Games in Vail next month.
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