2007 riding stats: #of rides: 66, annual mileage: 2502, pace: 3333.
Monday, September 24, 2007
This morning, the FFF website published a statement from Floyd Landis:
Dear Friends and Supporters,
I’m of course disappointed and in fact angry about the split decision ruling against me last week.
If any good has come out of this, we have shown that the anti-doping system is corrupt, inefficient and unfair. The content of this decision unfortunately highlights this once again. The straightforward and clear dissent in support of my case contrasts sharply with the scientifically flawed and illogical majority decision against me – not to mention the nonsensical ruling regarding when my proposed two-year suspension should start. I still have hope that the system can, and will be, changed so that no other athlete has to suffer through this process only to be denied a clean chance at justice.
I can sleep well at night knowing that I won the 2006 Tour de France fair and square. I hope that my campaign to clear my name still means something to all of you who have kindly donated to my legal defense fund. Every single contribution to the FFF made a real difference. For your constant support and generosity, I thank you.
At the end of the day, I am proud of what I accomplished in winning the Tour and I’ll always consider myself the rightful winner of the Tour. Whatever the way ahead, it will be good to be moving forward with my life, and at this point I will take some time to review my options.
Thank you for all of the support and encouragement,
Thursday, September 20, 2007
The verdict is out, finally, after almost 14 months of drama:
"The US Anti-doping Agency (USADA) announced today that Floyd Landis' appeal to the American Arbitration Association (AAA) to overturn his sanction by the Anti-Doping Review Board (ADRB) for his alleged positive drug test on July 20, 2006 during the Tour de France was denied. The three member arbitration panel, led by president Patrice Brunet along with Christopher Campbell and Richard McLaren, was split 2-1 in the guilty verdict."While the outcome was not completely unexpected, it still comes as a surprise, considering the multitude of issues surrounding the LNDD lab work. If facts can't persuade, what else can ?