Three time Tour de France champion, American Greg Lemond, has leveled an outlandish accusation at 7 time Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong–that Armstrong paid $300,000 to a European newspaper reporter to plant a story that Lemond was the first cyclist to use the performance enhancing drug, Erythropoeitin (EPO), according to a report from the German newspaper Seuddeutsche Zaitlung.

LeMond, who was served with a grand jury subpoena last week, told a reporter from the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that Armstrong tried to implicate him in drug use because he perceived LeMond as an enemy for suspecting Armstrong of doping.

Armstrong told The Associated Press he was aware of the accusation and dismissed it as just another episode in a long-running feud between the two men.

“That’s absolutely nonsense – $300,000?” Armstrong said. “Come on. I know (about the report). But he says a lot.”

Armstrong and the leadership of his storied cycling teams are the focus of a federal grand jury’s inquiry into possible drug and fraud crimes.

Why would Armstrong level such a damaging claim against Lemond, an American cycling legend but one whose Tour victories came in 1986, 1989, and 1990?  Could it be about lingering animus that Armstrong has for Lemond, who is an outspoken opponent of doping in cycling and who sued Armstrong and subpoenaed Armstrong’s ex-wife Kristin and other Armstrong friends Frank and Betsey Andreu who have privately and publicly admitted that Armstrong spoke to cancer doctors about his use of PEDs in front of them?  Could Armstrong be trying to deflect some of the attention he is getting from law enforcement since Floyd Landis’ admission that he doped and Lance doped and that they doped together, namely FDA Special Investigator Jeff Novitsky, a shining star in PED investigations who has been involved with many high profile investigations?

Ironically, it was recently learned by scientists that Erythropoeitin, a performance enhancing drug in its own right which increases the capacity of oxygenation in the blood, also magnifies the impact of trace amounts of steroids in an athlete’s system, amounts that would be undetectable on drug tests but would have a dramatic increase on performance levels.

The blood-boosting hormone that was cycling’s greatest doping issue during the 1990s may be back as the sport’s newest problem.It has long been known that athletes can use small, carefully timed doses of the blood booster EPO to beat urine-based drug tests yet still gain a significant performance advantage. But research in Australia and France has found that the technique also eludes the long-range biological passport program that was supposed to overcome conventional testing’s shortcomings.

At the World Anti-Doping Agency board meeting here earlier this month, officials acknowledged that they had a problem when it came to the technique, known as microdosing. Few people in the antidoping world think the loophole is unknown to cyclists, leading to concern that EPO is making a comeback.

Of course Lemond has never been detected to have EPO in his system, but Armstrong has.  An Armstrong sample that was archived from 1999 tested positive for EPO in 2005 when it was not yet a banned substance, despite the fact the chemical was a long standing doping issue in the cycling community.  It has taken cycling many years to catch up to the potential for performance enhancement of EPO, for which the scientific community didn’t have an accurate test for in 1999.  Armstrong, who despises Lemond, probably saw the opportunity to smear Lemond in the European press as a way to lessen the American legend’s credibility as a credible voice in cycling who has come out in support of Floyd Landis, and as a continuation of the bad blood that has existed for almost 2 decades between the 2 men, and which was exacerbated when Lemond subpoenaed Armstrong’s ex-wife and friends, forcing them to testify to their knowledge of Armstrong’s doping–in the case of the Andreu’s at least. 

Obviously, Armstrong’s ex-wife Krista, the mother of four of Armstrong’s children, did not incriminate Armstrong in doping, but could have left herself open to perjury charges as the Fred Miller/Jeff Novitsky prosecutorial/investigatorial team ramps up their efforts to smoke out doping in cycling.

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Lance Armstrong (above), looking very muscled up at the track.

The federal government has appointed California based prosecutor Doug Miller, a U.S. Assistant District Attorney from Los Angeles who had a hand a hand in helping to indict and convict San Francisco Chronicle reporter Doug Ellerman, who leaked confidential information to the media in the BALCO case.  Ellerman received a 30 month sentence and served 16 months before being released last year. 

Miller will work with FDA lead criminal investigator Jeff Novitsky, who has already gathered much information on doping in cycling from Floyd Landis and other cooperating witnesses.

An assistant U.S. Attorney based in Los Angeles, Miller is standing behind the probe now being conducted by Food and Drug Administration criminal investigator Jeff Novitzky, according to multiple sources.

Novitzky is actively gathering information from Landis and other cooperative figures in the cycling world. Landis recently confessed to doping and accused Lance Armstrong and other top cyclists of using banned drugs and methods.

As the prosecutor in the case, Miller has the power to help Novitzky obtain search warrants and secure cooperation agreements, building a body of evidence that Miller could then take before a grand jury in order to secure an indictments, possibly against cyclists or cycling team owners.

In 2004, Miller led the government’s search for the person that leaked the confidential grand jury testimony of Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, Tim Montgomery and other BALCO figures to the San Francisco Chronicle.

While Armstrong has been quick to dismiss Landis’ claims, citing a lack of credibility on Landis’ part, obviously the government is taking Landis’ emails, which have cast aspersion on so many in the cycling community, including himself, very seriously.  Some of those emails are posted for you below.

—–Original Message—–
From: Brent W. Kay, M.D.
To: Floyd Landis
Cc: Andrew Messick
Sent: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 5:43 am
Subject: cycling4/28/10


I met with Andrew Messick yesterday and had the opportunity to discuss some of the current issues that we are facing. We discussed a variety of issues and I will try to address as many of these as possible. I have always stood behind you from the time of your hip fracture and always felt very fortunate to have been a part of the ride to the top but also a great sense of obligation and duty to see it through during the last 4 catastrophic years. The only thing I really asked of Mr. Messick is that we call a truce for a couple days and would ask that you treat Lance and others with basic respect and professionalism for the next few days to give us a little breathing room to try to figure this whole thing out.

Despite countless challenges and a million reasons to abandon your cause I could never live with myself if I gave up. That is until now. I am a dead man walking and there is nothing left, everyone around us is dead or dying and I feel like something very bad is going to happen to me. I try my hardest to put on a show that I still care but it is all rapidly leaving my mind and body. You know this to be true as you have watched me cry recently during several of our discussions, and I haven’t cried in 40 years. This is killing my family and I need out.

Nobody will ever understand what you have been through except a small group, primarily our wives and I. Nobody will ever know how bad you were f–ked over except us. We are going to stand behind you no matter what, we still love you and always will. We know you didn’t do anything wrong and that you won the Tour de France fair and square. We want you back and away from all the bitterness, anger and hatred. We all feel a great sense of remorse and wish that we could have done a better job to support you but we gave you everything we had. We do not feel like you put us through this, we know how bad it hurts you that everyone had to endure this but rest assured we know it was not your fault.

But now I am going to ask you to do some things that you do not want to do. I am asking you to do these for me, Amber and Kim. No suggestions or recommendations, I am asking you to do me a big favor. You said you would like to someday pay back everyone that has supported you; this is your opportunity to pay us all back a hundred times over. I know that you do not want anything out of this but there are certain things I believe you deserve, basic human dignity being the most important.

My idea is completely in line with your adamant stance that you do not want anything out of this. I completely understand that you don’t want or need money out of this. Despite all the expert’s calculations on how you lost $20 million on this whole thing I know you need nearly nothing to live. You always talked about how your dad would never spend a dime on anything and you have the same trait, I understand that you need almost nothing to survive. I know you are true to your word after Lance accused Rahsaan of some conspiracy and/or extortion scheme and your first decision was to have the press conference immediately to prove that wrong. I take great pride in the fact that I was able to talk you out of that.

So to speak, I don’t think anyone is calling your bluff now. I am trying to make that very clear to everyone involved; Floyd has nothing to lose and he does not care about any consequences of his actions. In this matter I can only hope that I am successful. I have had a very hard time explaining this position but I suppose you just can’t explain it unless the person you are talking to has gone through it.

Anyway my personal interpretation of the situation is that cycling has repeatedly tried to “s–t you out” (for lack of a better term) and that is not how you are willing to let it go down. Despite all the positive changes that you personally have affected in the anti-doping system nobody will ever give them credence with your history. To get rid of the top guy at usada, wada, uci, and eliminate the lab are amazing accomplishments. Of course the dissolution of the French lab and all the new testing standards is testimony to the success of your endeavor to overhaul the corrupt anti-doping system.

My idea is based on a “win-win” philosophy. Of course I am no legal expert so I guess it has to go through an attorney or Lance’s attorneys have to say it’s completely fine and acceptable or something. If there is any issue about this being unlawful or some kind of wrong doing then I absolutely want out of the whole deal right now and will leave cycling for good. Its ok, I don’t have to continue. Have your press conference and be done with it, we will still be here for you. I have put my family through hell with all this and I will not be part of any illegal or inappropriate scheme. I’m satisfied with my experience and accomplishments in cycling now and there is much more out there in the world for me. I never did anything wrong and won’t start here.

The “win-win” would extend to all parties; you, Lance, usada, usac, tour of California, etc. The fight against doping would continue. The Tour of California would continue, etc. etc. It’s a simple straightforward idea and, if anything, selfish on my part. I want all these things to happen, I want you happy, I want Lance happy, I want cycling happy, I want to continue the fight against doping in sports, I want my kids to get the pleasure of seeing you and Lance together. I want you to introduce them to Lance. They were 10, 12 and 13 years old when this started and now the oldest is going to college. This has been a major part of their life, from the broken hip to the victory to the downfall. They deserve this opportunity and they deserve to be set free from all the anger, hatred and bitterness that you and I hold onto. They love you and think the world of you and are very proud to tell their friends they know you. That’s hardcore given everything we have put them through.

I am not sure Lance would even consider this but Mr. Messick did say they were willing to work with you on this. The idea is very simple and focuses primarily on basic human dignity. Like I said before, I think cycling owes you an apology and that of course is far too vague to ever happen. Although you have never said it and maybe don’t even realize it, I think what you need most is for everyone to say they are sorry that you were the fall guy, sorry that you had to take the bullet, sorry you were set-up, sorry your life was completely ruined and sorry for not doing more for you. If this was one of the top American sports, a union would have shut the other side down and none of this would ever happen. Maybe that is your calling in life when you finish riding-form and run a cycling union in the states so nobody ever has to go through this again.

Anyway my idea is for you to ride with lance on his team, have them work to re-build your image and be fairly compensated as a Tour de France Champion. Everyone, particularly the fans, would love to see this. I’m pretty sure that both you and Lance will not want to do this and that is why I am asking you to do it for me and my family. I think you have done enough good things now and have just about regained all of your champion form that they should be able to figure out the media part of it. They are the biggest and best in the world at that stuff so while it might be very challenging it should not be that difficult with your current story; you recently started working with a foundation helping black inner city kids, you have regained your previous form, you still have the whole hip story (which remains untapped) and you are a strong anti-doping advocate. In addition there never was an international arrest warrant so when this comes up it is just another lie from that lab. Don’t forget that lab tried to f–k Lance too.

You would have to chill out on that team and just do your job. You have worked with them before and everything could be settled in advance. Keep it simple and just agree to do a few races, maybe with the focus on winning the vuelta and tour of California the next couple years. I told Mr. Messick that you have no interest in doing the tour de France again as I’m sure this would be a major concern of theirs. I think you should be compensated as a former tour de France champion; I do not have much of a frame of reference with cycling salaries outside being involved with the domestic teams recently. I do know that several guys of much lower status make a million a year or so, I would hope it would be much more than this. I do not want to be involved in any type of negotiation on price, maybe you guys pick a couple top rider’s (like Cavendish/wiggins/contador) salaries and average them and that’s the number.

If you guys agree then maybe you ride for ouch until the tour de france is over and make an announcement after that time and then go ride the vuelta. I am willing to do whatever it takes to make this work.

As far as my new team I don’t really care if you leave or not so that is not an issue. Otherwise if either side does not like this idea just throw this in the trash and be done with it, have the press conference and get it over with. But, once again, I’m asking you to do this for me and my family so we can move on with our lives and leave all the anger, hatred and bitterness behind. Thanks Floyd.

 —— Forwarded Message
From: “Brent W. Kay, M.D.”
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 15:15:53 -0500
To: Lance Armstrong
Subject: Fwd: toc

fyi. This was final request for toc invite. These were some of Messick’s concerns about letting us in, I think we deserve to be in from a competitive standpoint and was following up with him on the matter.

More to come as I search emails right now.
—–Original Message—–
From: Brent W. Kay, M.D.
To: Andrew Messick
Sent: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 5:59 am
Subject: toc

Good morning,

I just wanted to follow-up on a couple issues regarding my interest in your race. Given the circumstances I do not feel like it is fair to ask you to let us in. However I would like to share some information regarding our team so that if you have an inclination to include us at least consider these issues.

1) I have essentially assumed control of the team and certainly have the power to make any adjustments, changes, deletions that might be required to improve our status. Any suggestions you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
2) Rahsaan would not be on the team for your race. He is a phenomenal crit rider with tremendous speed and I am working on developing his skills on the track but he is not a big stage racer and would not be on the final team.
3) I am working on adding another ProTour level rider-Pat McCarty.
4) I think the crew of Floyd Landis, Nathan Oneil, Hilton Clark, Pat McCarty, Matt Rice and Cesar Grejales is better than any of the domestic teams you have and on par with some of the protour team.

In any case thank you for your consideration. Please keep this strictly confidential.

—— Forwarded Message
From: “Brent W. Kay, M.D.”
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 20:14:19 -0500
To: Lance Armstrong
Subject: hey

Sorry to bother you again but I have to take care of my wife tonight and will be out until 9:30 pm or so. Please call as I would really appreciate your advice on a couple things. I will have the phone on after that time and I am usually up very early in the morning. Thanks.
—— Forwarded Message
From: “Brent W. Kay, M.D.”
Date: Wed, 5 May 2010 11:24:24 -0500
To: Lance Armstrong
Cc: Floyd Landis
Subject: follow-up

Hi Lance,

Just wanted to follow-up on our discussion 2 days ago. Following our discussion I am well aware that cycling will (once again) ruin my life, through no fault of my own, if this all blows up. To that end I want to correct any misunderstanding regarding my role in this whole thing. I am most definitely on your side as well as Floyd’s, the work and effort I have put forth the past couple weeks are testament to this.

Unfortunately a number of parties have ruined my plan to help get Floyd OUT of cycling with dignity, respect and a good result from a top level race. From the beginning of the OUCH presented by Maxxis team until recently, we planned on competing for 2 seasons with the new hip and Floyd would go out on top at the Tour of California this year. This plan has been rocked repeatedly and ultimately killed by Andrew Messick and the Tour of California. They deliberately spit in our face when we had clearly displayed that we were fully qualified and capable of competing in the race. Our results from last week are clear evidence of this. We are clearly better than many of the teams entered; Spidertech, Jelly Belly, etc. This is the only reason I have fought so hard to get in.

In any case I have asked Floyd to limit his public comments to our team’s performance and the Bahati Foundation work as long as he rides for a team that I sponsor. I do not own the team and cannot make him do anything. That is the best I can do for you.

I personally hope that you two, as Champions, can come together and put the past behind you. Without a doubt, these feuds that you (and Lemond) wage only make all of you look worse, much worse in fact, and definitely not better. You would be much better served by working together, showing respect to one another and acknowledging how great a champion each other is. If you really think about it, the 3 of you are the only ones in the world you can consider your “peers”. After all you are American Champions that have won the hardest sporting event in the world. I believe that you should show a tremendous amount of respect to each other.

I believe Floyd is still capable of great things and now has a great story to go with it. Domestic racing has been a big joke to Floyd and this was the primary reason he was trying to get on a international level team after his was run out of the United team. I still think he could win the Vuelta this year and the opportunity would be plenty of motivation to get the last 10 pounds off. He has great fitness despite the excess baggage. I know neither of you can even stand the thought of this idea but Floyd winning the Vuelta for Radioshack would be pretty spectacular, for all us fans at least.

As Floyd’s Primary Care Physician I am unable to discuss his healthcare without his expressed written consent. I appreciate your comments and insight regarding his well being. My primary concern is for his health and of course my duty as a Physician far exceed any of this petty nonsense. I refuse to “jump ship” just because the last 4 years have been overwhelmingly stressful for myself and my family and may get even much worse. To this end I am obviously biased towards Floyd’s position and I hope you can respect this. Nevertheless I want both of you to come out of this victorious.

For full disclosure, I have copied Floyd on this email. I am out of my league with this problem but will be more than happy to facilitate any reasonable request. However I believe this is a job for the attorneys, not the Doctor.

My offer still stands if you ever want to come ride and stay in Temecula. Good luck this year.

Thank you.

 From: Floyd Landis

Sent: Thu 5/6/2010 10:58 AM

To: Lance Armstrong, Steve Johnson

Subject: Fwd: Info

 Begin forwarded message:

 From: Floyd Landis

Date: May 6, 2010 10:46:01 AM CDT

To: Lance Armstrong, Hess, Stephen A, Andrew Messick

Subject: Info

 mr. Armstrong,

 I should have included this in the last email but overlooked it. Please contact me in any of the following ways so I can give you the location at which you can serve me with papers.

 I should also point out that this email trail will make a lawsuit after my public statements appear to be what it would be, a PR stunt, rather than what a lawsuit at the moment would appear to be. So once again I’d like to remind you that calling my close friends with allegations of alcoholism and insanity will be ineffective and certainly threats of “tweeting” that if I have something to say I should just say it reflect poorly on your mental well-being and maybe seeking help is a good idea for you. Of course like I’ve stated, a legal course is preferable.

 From: floyd landis

Sent: Tue 5/11/2010 11:03 AM

To: Andrew Messick; Lance Armstrong, Dr. Brent Kay

Subject: USADA Meeting

 Dear Sirs,

I’d like to personally invite you to my meeting with USADA tomorrow in Los Angeles. You’ve both been vocal with the press about you stance against performance enhancing drugs and USADA, being the agency empowered to deal with this problem, could use your support and any information that you can bring to the table. I’m also going to invite Dr. Kay since he has been brought into this episode as the result of a threatening phone call from Mr. Armstrong last monday and wants to know the details. I thought this might also be a good time for you, Mr. Armstrong, to clarify your position on my alleged “alcoholism and psychological disorders” with Dr. Kay in person as he has indicated to me that your assertions were taken by him as an indictment against his medical practices.

 Please let me know a time that would work for you and I’ll have the meeting scheduled to fit in with your other obligations for the day or if Wed. works better let me know and I can try to delay it a day.

 Thank you,

Floyd Landis.

Landis is a pretty fair writer, and I greatly enjoy his content.

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Much good has come from Floyd Landis’ straight shooting email account so far, but the best news for clean sports junkies could be the involvement of federal performance enhancement watchdog Jeff Novitzky.  Novitzky has already met with Landis, and aims to broaden the scope of the federal investigation into doping in cycling, which would be bad news for Lance Armstrong, who has been vehement in his denials that he used PEDs, despite a positive test for Erithropoietin (EPO), a drug that increases the blood’s capacity to carry Oxygen.

As federal authorities have taken a greater interest in the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs over the past decade, athletes have not been the target of investigations. Instead, the athletes have been questioned by federal authorities before grand juries and their testimony has been used to bring charges against trainers and doctors who dealt the drugs.

If the authorities proceed with a more ambitious investigation that looks into fraud and conspiracy charges, they could take aim at Armstrong, who had an ownership stake in Tailwind Sports, the company that owned several of his past cycling teams, and the other cyclists, said the two people briefed on the matter.

The federal agent Jeff Novitzky, who has been the lead investigator on the major doping investigations since the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative case began in 2002, is playing a direct role in the investigation. Novitzky has met with Floyd Landis, who lives in Southern California, and has been working closely with officials from the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Prosecutors from the United States attorney’s office for the Northern District of California, which is based in the Bay Area, have worked closely with Novitzky, and would have jurisdiction to investigate the case because Tailwind Sports was based in San Francisco. The investor Thom Weisel, of the investment banking firm Thomas Weisel Partners Group, was the founder and chairman of Tailwind Sports. Armstrong eventually became a co-owner.

This is a sword with many edges for Armstrong, who could be in legal trouble if it is found that any of his cycling teams purchased performance enhancing drugs, if Armstrong billed himself to sponsors as a clean athlete and profited from that misrepresentation (fraud), or if he simply used performance enhancing drugs to earn more prize money.

Today’s news comes on the heels of a New York Times article that suggests that in small quantities, scientists have discovered that EPO can act as a successful masking agent for other PEDs.

The blood-boosting hormone that was cycling’s greatest doping issue during the 1990s may be back as the sport’s newest problem.It has long been known that athletes can use small, carefully timed doses of the blood booster EPO to beat urine-based drug tests yet still gain a significant performance advantage. But research in Australia and France has found that the technique also eludes the long-range biological passport program that was supposed to overcome conventional testing’s shortcomings.

At the World Anti-Doping Agency board meeting here earlier this month, officials acknowledged that they had a problem when it came to the technique, known as microdosing. Few people in the antidoping world think the loophole is unknown to cyclists, leading to concern that EPO is making a comeback.

Jeff Novitzky, who made the BALCO case, seems eager to push forward into PEDs in cycling, and that’s got to scare Armstrong, who, in a worst case scenario, could face long prison sentences on multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy, and who is subject to being stripped of some, if not all of his Tour De France victories, if scientific evidence surfaces that he used human growth hormone.

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Lance Armstrong, the “clean” and “honest” cyclist, would like everyone to know that Floyd Landis is a liar who has given serveral different stories under oath over the years, despite Lance’s compromised test result last year, and samples from 2005 containing EPO, a drug that is now banned, and which provides extra oxygen to the blood.

But if Floyd’s such a liar, then why not sue to protect his good name?

Well, Lance’s too busy to sue, despite having a high priced legal team on retainer.  Or perhaps he knows a suit would further implicate himself, whose ex wife was advised by lawyer’s to say nothing in a suit in which she was subpoenad by Greg Lemond.

Armstrong said he was reluctant to spend time, energy and money on a libel suit. Armstrong has never allowed a libel action to progress to a point where he went under oath. His attorney, Tim Herman, told the Daily News he wouldn’t rule out a lawsuit. “I would never rule something like that out,” Herman said. “But I think most people share my opinion about Floyd Landis and his credibility. Lance has more important work to do than to litigate against Floyd Landis.”

It’s good for Armstrong he has nothing to hide, considering that PED watchdog Jeff Novitsky who unraveled the Balco case, is now investigating Armstrong based on the new allegations.

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Greg Lemond (above).

Three time American Tour De France champion Greg Lemond, who has been a vocal opponent of Lance Armstrong, has come out in favor of Landis, saying he believes the cycler’s claims, though astoundingly, many in the cycling world have said that there is “zero evidence” against Armstrong, despite a compromised test result in 09, and the confirmed presence of EPO in Lance’s system from old tests.

“I believe most of Floyd Landis’ statements regarding the systemic corruption in professional cycling,” LeMond said in a statement he sent to the Daily News. “It is clear to me Floyd has paid a heavy price and I support Floyd in his attempt to free himself from his past. I hope that others – fans, riders and sponsors embrace this as an opportunity to bring about positive change in the sport.”

Though Lemond did not mention Armstrong, his history with the cyclist is chippy.  Lemond has sued Armstrong’s sponsors, and his lawyers subpoenad Armstrong’s ex wife, who refused to answer when on the witness stand.

Also deeply fraught is LeMond’s history with Armstrong. The two have feuded for years, particularly over the doping suspicions surrounding Armstrong, who has always denied using performance-enhancing drugs or methods. In early 2008, LeMond brought a breach-of-contract lawsuit against one of Armstrong’s primary sponsors, Trek Bicycling Corporation, finally settling on confidential terms in February.

In that lawsuit, LeMond subpoenaed Armstrong’s ex-wife, Kristin Armstrong, for a deposition in which she was asked if she ever saw her ex-husband use performance-enhancing drugs. She did not answer, on orders from her attorney, Tim Herman, who has represented Lance Armstrong as well.

Lemond, who is fighting hard to preserve the integrity of the sport, has been unfairly panned as someone with an axe to grind when it comes to Armstrong.  Of course he does.  Armstrong has cheated his way to an all time best position in the sport.

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Bonnie Ford of ESPN who interviewed Landis.

Floyd Landis (above).

T.J. Quinn (above), who explains the ease with which cyclists can get away with doping particularly well, in the 2nd  clip below.

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Lance Armstrong (above).

Though we are sure this won’t be the end of the story, as Lance Armstrong’s lawyers have had no say on the matter yet–in this instance of allegation, we are inclined to believe Floyd Landis, who has admitted to doping with the U.S. Postal Service’s Professional Cycling Team, including Lance Armstrong, the 7 time champion of the Tour De France.  Landis won the 2006 Tour De France, but was stripped of the honor–unable to afford the legal team of say, Lance Armstrong.  In emails to U.S. and international cycling bodies, Landis detailed the team’s doping habits and particulars, including that of Armstrong and himself.

In the same email, Mr. Landis wrote that after breaking his hip in 2003, he flew to Girona, Spain—a training hub for American riders—and had two half-liter units of blood extracted from his body in three-week intervals to be used later during the Tour de France. The extraction, Mr. Landis claimed, took place in Mr. Armstrong’s apartment, where blood bags belonging to Mr. Armstrong and his then-teammate George Hincapie were kept in a refrigerator in Mr. Armstrong’s closet. Mr. Landis said he was asked to check the temperature of the blood daily. According to Mr. Landis, Mr. Armstrong left for a few weeks and asked Mr. Landis to make sure the electricity didn’t go off and ruin the blood. George Hincapie, through a spokesman, denied the allegations.

Dirty (R.) and dirtier (above).

Two of those officials said that Landis’s messages provided a detailed description of doping that began in 2002, Landis’s first year alongside then-teammate Lance Armstrong. Both were riding for the successful but now-defunct United States Postal Service team. The two officials who received the e-mail did not want their names published, citing ongoing investigations, including by federal authorities, into the content of the e-mail.


Landis, Admitting Doping, Accuses Top U.S. Cyclists

Two of those officials said that Landis’s messages provided a detailed description of doping that began in 2002, Landis’s first year alongside then-teammate Lance Armstrong. Both were riding for the successful but now-defunct United States Postal Service team. The two officials who received the e-mail did not want their names published, citing ongoing investigations, including by federal authorities, into the content of the e-mail.

In the messages, which were first reported by The Wall Street Journal, Landis accused other top American cyclists on the Postal Service team, including Armstrong, of using performance-enhancing drugs and methods. Other cyclists named were current United States road racing national champion George Hincapie, three-time Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer and five-time United States time trial champion David Zabriskie.

None of those riders, who are all competing at this week’s Tour of California, were available for comment Wednesday.

Jonathan Vaughters, team manager of Zabriskie’s Garmin-Transitions team, said that Zabriskie was upset after learning of Landis’s accusations late Wednesday.

“I don’t know what is in the head of Floyd Landis, what his motivations are, but I think Dave just wants to get on with this race,” Vaughters said of Zabriskie, who is in the overall lead of the Tour of California, with four stages to go. “Dave can win this race. He can win this race clean, under any level of scrutiny.”

Steve Johnson, chief executive of USA Cycling and the main recipient of Landis’s e-mail messages, did not return several calls for this article on Wednesday. Landis also did not return phone calls, but told that he had no documentation to prove most of his claims against his former teammates.

“I want to clear my conscience,” said Landis, who races with the lower level OUCH-Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling team. “I don’t want to be part of the problem anymore.”

Landis provided detailed information about his own doping practices, saying he consistently used the blood-booster EPO to increase his endurance, testosterone, human growth hormone and blood transfusions.

He said he took female hormones and tried insulin once during the years he rode for the Postal Service and Swiss-based Phonak teams, according to He spent $90,000 a year on his doping regimen, he said.

Landis said that some of his teammates on the Postal Service team were well aware of the doping regimen in the sport. In at least one of his messages to cycling officials, according to a person who received it, Landis said that he and Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion, had discussed the need to use blood transfusions to boost endurance. A new test for the synthetic blood-booster, EPO, had made doping more difficult.

Armstrong, who has been dogged by doping allegations throughout his career, has denied doping and has never officially tested positive. At the 1999 Tour, he failed a test for a corticosteroid, but produced a doctor’s note for it.

More pointedly, Landis said of Armstrong and the team:

One example comes from 2004, when Landis said a team bus left the finish line, headed for the hotel, and stopped on the way for blood transfusions to to boost the riders oxygen capacity.  “The driver pretended to have engine trouble and stopped on a remote mountain road for an hour or so so the entire team could have half a liter of blood added,” Landis wrote.  “This was the only time that I ever saw the whole team transfused in plain view of all the other riders and the bus driver.”

Are we suprised by the Landis’ admissions?  We are surprised he admitted it, but not surprised at what he admitted to.  Landis had vehemently denied doping even after being stripped of his Tour de France crown.  Basically, if it looks like a duck and acts like a duck, then it’s a duck.  We wrote a page on Lance Armstrong’s doping to which some excellent comments are attached.  You can review it at the link below.

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