Hat tip: Captain Ed.
Doh! Say it ain't so, Floyd.
LONDON - Tour de France champion Floyd Landis tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the race, his Phonak team said Thursday on its Web site, raising questions about his victory.
The team suspended Landis, pending results of the backup “B” sample of his drug test, just four days after Landis stood on the victory podium on the Champs-Elysees, succeeding seven-time winner Lance Armstrong as an American winner in Paris.
The Swiss-based Phonak team said it was notified by the UCI on Wednesday that Landis’ sample showed “an unusual level of testosterone/epitestosterone” when he was tested after stage 17 of the race last Thursday.
An initial report didn't point to Landis. I have several questions for those doing the testing:
- Was this the first time he had been tested in the race? (likely answer is
'yes''no' (my mistake) - he previously had worn the yellow jersey)
- If so, were those tests normal? (likely answer is 'yes', as this story refers only to stage 17)
- If previous tests were indeed normal, are they alleging that Landis was stupid enough to use a banned substance in the middle of a race knowing that he would be tested again?
Here's a question or two for Mr. Landis:
- If you used a banned substance that you know would show up if you regained the lead and would therefore be tested, are you stupid?
- Were you aware that Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso didn't ride this year for involvement in a doping scandal?
Hopefully this will turn out to be an error, or natural, and not a willful act of cheating and stupidity.
7/27/06 1425: minor edits