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Another positive test for Landis

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by John, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Landis' B sample shows a banned substance

    PARIS (AP) -- Follow-up tests on backup urine samples by Tour de France champion Floyd Landis found traces of synthetic testosterone, the French sports newspaper L'Equipe reported Monday.

    The tests on seven "B" samples clearly showed traces of the banned substance, the paper said on its Web site. Landis had insisted the follow-up tests weren't necessary because the primary "A" samples tested negative for banned substances during the Tour.

    The tests were done at France's national anti-doping laboratory of Chatenay-Malabry outside Paris. L'Equipe said the lab used a technique that can distinguish synthetic from natural forms of testosterone, a male sex hormone. The lab is the same one that revealed Landis' positive test for elevated testosterone to epitestosterone levels after he won the 17th stage of last year's Tour.

    Pierre Bordry, president of the French anti-doping agency, told The Associated Press the tests were concluded this weekend but he didn't know the result because they were sent directly to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which requested the tests.

    Landis spokesman Michael Henson said Monday the head of the French lab prevented the cyclist's expert, Paul Scott, from entering the lab Sunday to witness the testing.

    "Such behavior constitutes a clear and direct infringement of Landis' rights while casting severe doubt on the integrity of an already dubious process," Henson said in a statement.

    Bordry confirmed the incident had taken place but said it stemmed from a prior agreement stipulating that Landis' expert would attend the test with two USADA experts.

    Scott was excluded Sunday because USADA experts didn't show up, Bordry said.

    USADA general counsel Travis Tygart said agency rules prevent him from commenting on an active case.

    Landis lashed out at USADA in a statement Monday, saying the incident in which his expert was barred from the French lab was "yet another in a series of malicious actions."

    "I'm infuriated by the behavior of USADA" and the French lab, Landis said. "Together, they have turned this proceeding into a full-scale attack on my civil rights and a mockery of justice."

    The 31-year-old cyclist has an arbitration hearing May 14 in California, where he is expected to question the practices of the French lab. Landis wanted the follow-up tests on the backup samples conducted at the UCLA lab that handles much of USADA's testing, but the machine it uses is under repair.

    If doping accusations against Landis are upheld, he faces a two-year ban from competition. He also would be the first rider in the 104-year history of the Tour to be stripped of the title. He already has agreed not to compete in this year's event while the case is pending.
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    I now take everything from L'Equipe with a grain of salt. I'll wait until a paper without an agenda for smearing American athletes busts Landis. But maybe that's just me.

    Although, I have to say I'm disappointed that Dick Pound was not quoted in the story.
  3. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    I want to know why his piss samples from the stages before and after did not test positive. The stuff he's being accused of using doesn't go in and out of the system in 24 hours or less.
  4. John

    John Well-Known Member

    A very good question -- one of many in this case. Sadly, I'm not sure we'll ever know for sure.
  5. Willie-Butch

    Willie-Butch Member

    Will this story even make it into your paper? Anyone?
  6. RokSki

    RokSki New Member

    Landis learned well from his mentor
  7. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    It will likely be in most dailies that are not full of exclusively local content. Probably as a brief or a small story on Page D10, but it will be there nonetheless.
  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    So the A samples are negative, so let's test the B samples and ... they're positive.

    The French lab sounds very corrupt. And L'Equipe is a joke as well.
  9. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    If there's any justice, it should be on the front so that guys in sports bars who need to take a whiz can read it pinned over the urinal.
  10. LiveStrong

    LiveStrong Active Member

    Why, did he test positive during a race, too?
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

  12. LiveStrong

    LiveStrong Active Member

    This is the question I've been asking since this whole thing went down. I'm not saying Landis didn't cheat. I have no idea. But it just doesn't make sense.
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