Landis accuses Armstrong.

Via on May 20, 2010

Update: Armstrong’s response, also via WSJ:

“If you said, ‘Give me one word to sum this all up:’ credibility,” Mr. Armstrong said, according to the Associated Press. “Floyd lost his credibility a long time ago.”

With his longtime coach Johan Bruyneel next to him, Mr. Armstrong said Mr. Landis seemingly pointed the finger at everyone still in the sport. “We have nothing to hide,” he said.

“I’d remind everybody that this is a man that’s been under oath several times and had a very different version,” Mr. Armstrong said. “This is a man that wrote a book for profit that had a completely different version. This is somebody that took, some would say, close to $1 million from innocent people for his defense under a different premise. Now when it’s all run out the story changes.”

We’re looking forward to learning more, and hope that Floyd Landis’ allegations re: Lance Armstrong aren’t true.

Floyd Landis, the only cyclist to lose his Tour de France title, alleges use of performance-enhancing drugs during Armstrong’s Tour runs. On the other hand, Lance has had a longer career than most, and has gone through years of year-round in and out-of-competition testing, and has never been busted.

“This is my body, and I can do anything I want to it…”

This is Big—and Hopefully not True.

Floyd Landis, the victor of the 2006 Tour de France whose victory was nullified after being busted for blood doping, has just detailed in a series of emails how he and other riders, including, allegedly, his teammate Lance Armstrong, were able to fool the drug tests.

Excerpt via Wall Street Journal:

He alleged Mr. Armstrong helped him understand the way the drugs worked. “He and I had lengthy discussions about it on our training rides during which time he also explained to me the evolution of EPO testing and how transfusions were now necessary due to the inconvenience of the new test,” Mr. Landis claimed in the email. He claimed he was instructed by Mr. Bruyneel how to use synthetic EPO and steroids and how to carry out blood transfusions that doping officials wouldn’t be able to detect. Mr. Bruyneel and Mr. Johnson could not be reached for comment. In the same email, Mr. Landis wrote that after breaking his hip in 2003, he flew to Girona, Spain—a training hub for American riders—and had two half-liter units of blood extracted from his body in three-week intervals to be used later during the Tour de France. The extraction, Mr. Landis claimed, took place in Mr. Armstrong’s apartment, where blood bags belonging to Mr. Armstrong and his then-teammate George Hincapie were kept in a refrigerator in Mr. Armstrong’s closet. Mr. Landis said he was asked to check the temperature of the blood daily. According to Mr. Landis, Mr. Armstrong left for a few weeks and asked Mr. Landis to make sure the electricity didn’t go off and ruin the blood…for the rest, click over to The Wall Street Journal.

It’s important to remember that none of this is verified, or substantiated. This does however represent the most open and inside allegations re: cheating that have been related re: Armstrong, a hero to many of us, to date.

About Waylon Lewis

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11 Responses to “Landis accuses Armstrong.”

  1. Andrew Armiger says:

    Why "confident?" Why "hopefully?"

    • Confident because he's been the most tested man on the planet. Hopefully because, personally and for many others, he's been a real inspiration.

      I don't believe Landis' accusations: innocent until proven guilty. Particularly coming from a man who's spent $2 million denying charges over last years, and accepting donations from fans…this reversal is a bit confusing. He's already said he has zero proof.

  2. Robbie says:

    First step: Understand that doping has always been involved in sport. Step two: Understand that EPO and blood doping were heavily used between 1991 and 2007 (That means Armstrong and all his competitors). Step three: Understand that steps are always being taken to clean up sport. Step four: That was then this is now. There are still those that cheat, but the sport is cleaner than it used to be.

    • Nice, man. Interesting. Good perspective.

    • Robbie says:

      I guess it's just important to distinguish between then and now. Many that used to be dirty are now clean and there are many that have never doped. Cycling has made so much progress in the past several years in the fight against doping, so it's just frustrating for Landis to step back into the picture and accuse former teammates that are now riding clean. This is all especially bad timing with the Tour of California and the Giro d'Italia running currently. The riders he named are racing right now, they don't even have a chance to defend themselves. What ev.

      • Andrew Armiger says:

        Definitely agree, poor tact on this. Landis could understandably feel bitter for being busted for something that he witnessed others get away with. Just own one's own errors and let others live with what they did. Cycling absolutely has made progress in battling doping, yet until there is a full accounting of the (recent) past, the shadows will dog the sport until they fade with (much more) time. Similar stories have been playing out in MLB.

      • So, morally, you think give a pass to those who did in past, when everyone did it, and it was in a way unfair to those who didn't want to do it…and now that testing is more thorough, we once again expect straightforward athleticism as measure of excellence?

        Landis, either way, is all over the place. Spending millions to defend innocence, even accepting donations of fans, dragging teammates down with him, without proof, now that he's decided honesty is flavor of the month.

        • Andrew Armiger says:

          Jose Canseco has been a repugnant character, as well, yet his accusations and testimony have proven both true and valuable in bringing cheats to accountability. It is not necessary to like the messenger or his demeanor to understand that he might wind up delivering a credible message.

          Not a Landis fan, never have been and coming clean well after being caught – while refreshing in the context of the trite deny-to-the-grave script employed by far too many – earns no merit. Telling the truth is what one should do, no credit for that. Not a fan of Armstrong or any other individual, for that matter. Knowing the truth about doping and sport at that level gets in the way.

          It was put well in a comment I saw on fb: the inclination to defend a person (which none of us can truly know) at all costs has more to do with protecting the appealing lore and mythology surrounding that person. It is the predictable result of celebrity-worship and placing individuals none of us know up on pedestals (and then trying to knock them down). I am unsure that it is at all mindful to fall into that trap.

  3. I am both a sucker and naive.

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