Phonak: Landis had positive test after Stage 17
LONDON — Floyd Landis’ stunning Tour de France victory just four days earlier was thrown into question Thursday when his team said he tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the race. (Story.)
1: Well duh. Landis had an unusually high testosterone level? The guy made up eight feckin’ minutes up the side of a feckin’ cliff riding by himself. Of course he had testosterone squirting out his ears. I don’t know how you ride a bike at all with your balls dragging the ground like that.
2: Test wrong? I don’t know. Tests sometimes come back false positive, and I’d absolutely love to learn that this is one such case. He’s such a great story – riding the race with his hip in the shape it’s in makes this one of the great achievements in sports history, and it would absolutely suck for everybody if it was tainted.
3: Why would you take the chance? Say you’re Floyd. It’s Wednesday, you’re just turned in one of the more legendary bonks in Tour history, and you’re thinking juicing is your only shot. Still, you know you’re going to be tested, and you know the test is going to be positive. KNOW. Doomed to fail, 100% certainty, period. So why would you do it?
The irrationality of the act doesn’t prove that he’s innocent, but it makes you wonder. Unless there’s angle I don’t see here, this part makes no sense. And if there are folks out there who know more about the science of sports doping than me – and there have to be millions of you – I’d appreciate an explanation as to what I’m missing.
4: So much for family support. This is kinda refreshing, in an “I’m glad I didn’t grow up in that house” sort of way:
Arlene Landis, his mother, said Thursday that she wouldn’t blame her son if he was taking medication to treat the pain in his injured hip, but “if it’s something worse than that, then he doesn’t deserve to win.”
“I didn’t talk to him since that hit the fan, but I’m keeping things even keel until I know what the facts are,” she told The Associated Press in a phone interview from her home in Farmersville, Pennsylvania. “I know that this is a temptation to every rider but I’m not going to jump to conclusions … It disappoints me.”
I guess we’ll know in a few days. I’m rooting for “false positive,” but am not optimistic. The cycling establishment tried for years to nail Armstrong, and knowing how many in that world loathe Americans generally, “Landis” is close enough to “Lance” to ensure that he’ll get no breaks. And for all we know, he may be guilty as sin…