In this corner, the world. In the other corner, John Eustice

August 11, 2006

John Eustice has been in Floyd Landis’ corner since the beginning.  He has stayed there even as the world has left.  I have to admit, I have one foot out of Floyd’s corner at the moment. 

 John continues to make his case as reported in today’s Lancaster Online.  Since David Letterman has made Floyd the topic of his top ten list, John gives ten reasons for Floyd’s innocence.

  1. It is not in Landis’ character to have doped.
  2. Unlike other riders who have been caught for doping, Landis showed none of the red flags.
  3. Landis has the power to win — without drugs.
  4. Testosterone has a half-life of only two to four hours
  5. Testosterone doesn’t make sense.
  6. The level of synthetic testosterone doesn’t add up
  7. The ratio could be skewed.
  8. His recovery after bonking was not remarkable.
  9. Landis won because he knows how to win.
  10. The French lab has a bad reputation.

I admire John quite a bit and he speaks from both experience as a professional cyclist and with personal knowledge of Floyd.  Since I have neither, I’ll stay on the sidelines for a while.  The article is worth the read even if you have already made up your mind.  Thanks again Wade!  We should all have sources like you.


The Wall Street Journal’s Numbers Guy weighs in.

August 11, 2006

In today’s issue of the Wall Street Journal’s online edition (subscription required), Carl Bialik gives a little more insight into some of the controversy swirling around Floyd Landis these days.One item I’ve heard quite often is:

Q: How quickly does synthetic testosterone clear out of one’s system?

A: Testosterone typically is injected straight into muscle, and, depending on the dosage, it generally creates an elevated T/E ratio for a week to 10 days, according to researchers I spoke with.

That makes this form of testosterone usage an unlikely candidate to explain Mr. Landis’s positive test, since — assuming the tests were conducted properly — his elevated ratio would have shown up in one of his other tests.

Using testosterone in this form also wouldn’t be much help, as it “takes at least a week to have a physiological effect,” said Simon Davis, technical director for Mass Spec Solutions Ltd., a Wythenshawe, U.K., maker of mass-spectrometry devices. He has helped athletes defend allegations of doping.

Testosterone can also be taken orally or applied to the skin with a gel, cream or patch. These forms have several advantages: They can provide more short-term boost than injected steroids, and can also clear out of the system more quickly. Mario Thevis, professor for preventive doping research at German Sport University, said in an email that, depending on the dosage, T/E ratios could return to normal after several hours.

But the athletic benefit of such doping is unproven, said Dr. Davis. “These provide a very small amount of testosterone, and certainly would not improve performance at any significant level,” he said.

You can read the full article here. I would like to understand from Mr. Bialik more on how much cream/patch would be required and could it have helped recovery from stage  16 as opposed to winning stage 17?


Chasing Lance

August 11, 2006

Not the book, but in real life. Take a look at the photo, not too bad, huh? This photo was taken at the recent RAGBRAI.lance.jpg

When you hear the story behind it by 2wheelcommute, I’m sure you’ll be suitably impressed.

The day before the Ride for the Roses a couple of years back, I had a similar experience. I was part of a fundraising group who “earned” the right to ride with Lance. We were told at the start that while Lance will try to ride slow, his slow and our slow are two different things. Plus, I didn’t have 4 bloody marys working in my system. The 6 Shiner Bocks‘ were from the night before.

Does everyone want their name in the paper?

August 11, 2006

This one, I don’t understand.  Patrick Lefévère, manager of the Quick-Step team has decided to sound off on the Floyd Landis situation.  Instead of saying the standard stuff, he has decided to try to further inflame the situation.  Why?  I don’t know.  He has the World Champion Tom Boonen on his team.  Tom has brought more publicity to his team and sponsors than any other team.  So why this quote?

“We should take him to court for what he is now doing to cycling,” said Lefévère. “Why not? Why not take the American approach of dealing with things and apply it here? As long as Landis continues to maintain that he knows nothing, this sort of scenario becomes more likely… I feel like throwing up when I hear him. Landis has turned the clock back 20 years.”

You can read the whole article at procycling. If he means it, I’d like him to start by suing his own former pro Johan Museeuw. Who, by the way still works for Patrick.