Floryd Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France win over doping, then fought the allegation for four years. He even lied about his actions in his 2007 book, "Positively False," in which he also said he had no evidence that Lance Armstrong had used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). However, he has since changed his tune, and not only says that Armstrong used PEDs, but that in the WSJ report, detailed incidents, including one from 2004.
Armstrong has steadily denied any use of PEDs, whether at the Tour de France or elsewhere. In May of this year, Armstrong said, "Floyd lost his credibility a long time ago. We have a person who has been under oath several times with a completely different version, written a book with a completely different version, someone that took money. He said he has no proof. It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."
Lance Armstrong is seeking his 8th Tour de France victory, and is riding this year for Team Radio Shack. He earlier announced that win or lose, this was his final ride in the Tour de France. Armstrong last won in 2005. He's 38, which is fairly ancient in cycling.
In addition to implicating Lance Armstrong, in great detail in the WSJ, story, Landis also brought up the U.S. Postal Service team director Johan Bruyneel in the WSJ report. In 2004, upset when his carbon-fiber bike snapped, Landis investigated and by calling the team's equipment sponsors, determined that a number of bikes, 60 to be exact, were not accounted for. Landis discovered that some of the bikes were being sold for cash, which . Bruyneel told him was used to fund the team's doping program.
All of this is one person's word against another's. As Lance Armstrong enters his final Tour de France, many still believe him to be a cycling god, and it is unlikely any past evidence will be discovered that ties him to PEDs, at least forensically.
Meanwhile, Landis sits on the sidelines of the Tour de France, watching with envy.
Written by Michael Santo