Eddy Merckx has decided to lend his support to Floyd Landis. According to Cyclingnews, Eddy believes (and believes in) Floyd.
“I don’t believe that he took anything illegal. Landis did only what he had to. I don’t know for sure, of course, because I wasn’t there. But for me it [the affair] remains a mistake.”
It is interesting that Eddy is now choosing to come out on the topic. To put his considerable reputation on the line for Floyd is a mark of considerable confidence. Merckx also takes the opportunity to point out that cycling is at the forefront of anti-doping, not bringing up the rear.
There are many more controls in cycling than in all other sports. No wonder that there are people caught. The doping controls are the strictest and most frequent in the world. But one thing must be certain: you can’t be a great athlete if you use dope.”