Thursday, May 20, 2010

Floyd comes clean

This from Bonnie Ford (my translations underneath)
Landis' doping conviction cost him his Tour title, his career, his life savings and his marriage. He said he knows his credibility is in tatters and that many people will choose not to believe him now. He added that he has no documentation for many of the claims he is making about other riders or officials, and that it will be his word against theirs.

However, Landis said he finally decided to come forward because he was suffering psychologically and emotionally from years of deceit, and because he has become a cycling pariah with little to no chance of ever riding for an elite team again. Prior to speaking with, he said he made his most difficult phone call -- to his mother in Pennsylvania to tell her the truth.

"I want to clear my conscience," Landis said. "I don't want to be part of the problem any more."

Translation: Radioshack didn't offer me a contract. Now I go through with the threat. 
According to Landis, his first use of performance-enhancing drugs was in June 2002, when he was a member of the U.S. Postal Service team. The World Anti-Doping Agency's statute of limitations for doping offenses is eight years, and Landis said that, too, is part of his motivation for divulging his inflammatory information.

"Now we've come to the point where the statute of limitations on the things I know is going to run out or start to run out next month," Landis said. "If I don't say something now then it's pointless to ever say it."

Translation: I wasn't allowed to ride at the Tour of California.  Oh, is that thing on again?
Rest of story:

And this a few hours ago from Cycling News: has been sent a letter purportedly from Floyd Landis to a senior cycling official with revelations of drug use in cycling in the period up to his Tour de France victory. We are awaiting responses from individuals involved and hope to bring you full details shortly.

Translation: We will wait until someone else writes something...

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