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    From that pic he could use a few shots of Testosterone!
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    Now THAT'S Funny!!

    Like George running around "I was in the pool, I was in the POOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRT BOY
    From that pic he could use a few shots of Testosterone!

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    Doping

    The biggest dope scandel ever will come out of Spain, and we thought they all were just great climbers. Hummmmm!

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    You mean like Iban Mayo? That guy is stealiing a pay check! Iban couldn't climb the Key Biscayne Bridge here in Miami or Mt. Trashmore in Broward County and ofcourse nothing in the TDF......

    Every year this is is supposedly a TDF challanger and the last few he just quits!

    And yes, The BIGGEST doping scandal ever will be from SPAIN that will dwarf the Festina Affair!

    BUT its sad for ALL of Cycling and it's something NO cyclist want s too see....
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    Quote Originally Posted by KMan
    Like George running around "I was in the pool, I was in the POOL!

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    LMFAO!
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    Climbing in Florida

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    Peopole are surpreised when you tell them there is some fair climbing in florida, try Clearmount, Sugar Loaf Mt. not the TDF for sure but good stuff for Florida

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMan
    Like George running around "I was in the pool, I was in the POOL!

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    LMAO!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRT BOY
    From that pic he could use a few shots of Testosterone!
    At the very least!!
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    well just get your asses some juicy 7s and huck down a mountain. thoose v brakes will snap like my butt

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    Here's another article with a doctor's explanation...

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/07/28/landis.lkl/index.html

    Landis: Tour win due to 'heart,' not drugs
    Tour de France winner defends himself against doping allegation.

    Tour de France champion Floyd Landis said Friday that his victory in the world's most-famous bike race last week had nothing to do with cheating.

    It was "heart and determination and 15 years of hard work" that paid off, Landis told CNN's "Larry King Live" in an interview Friday from Madrid, Spain.

    The 30-year-old American tested positive for the male sex hormone testosterone -- a possible sign of the use of steroids -- after an astounding comeback to win stage 17 in the French Alps, just a day after a disastrous showing that all but knocked him out of contention. (Watch Landis tell King why this wasn't really a positive test result -- 3:52)

    "I'd love to continue in this sport. It's been my passion and my dream, and it's a beautiful sport," Landis said. "I would love to keep racing, and I'm going to do my best to defend my dignity and my innocence."

    Landis reiterated to King a claim he made at a news conference earlier in the day: He has never taken performance-enhancing drugs and he has no idea why the test indicated his testosterone levels were abnormal.

    "This is not a doping case, but a natural occurrence," the 30-year-old American cyclist told reporters at the news conference. "I declare convincingly and categorically that my winning the Tour de France has been exclusively due to many years of training and my complete devotion to cycling."

    After the 17th stage, Landis gave a urine sample that showed the ratio of testosterone to another hormone, epitestosterone, in his system was abnormally high. Specific results haven't been released, but the World Anti-Doping Agency categorizes a ratio of 4-to-1 or higher as an adverse result.

    A high ratio can indicate that a competitor is using anabolic steroids, according to the anti-doping agency. But the ratio can naturally vary among people, and Landis said his normal levels have never been recorded.

    "It's not a positive test in the same criteria of finding something" introduced from outside the body, Landis said. "What this test shows is an abnormal ratio of two naturally occurring substances."

    Landis conceded that the storybook nature of his win has increased suspicion. Competing with an injured hip and thyroid condition, Landis had a disastrous ride the day before he made up 8 minutes on the leader and put himself in position to win.

    Despite the circumstances, there is nothing suspicious about the victory, Landis said.

    "It was my dream. And when you get to that point when you're inspired, and you're somewhere you've always dreamt of being and nothing else matters, you can push yourself to limits you couldn't push yourself to before," he said.

    Landis was tested eight other times during the race -- six times before the abnormal test result and twice afterward -- and he has not been told that any of those tests had unusual outcomes, he said.

    Regardless, Landis' physician, Dr. Brent Kay, said that testosterone would have done nothing to help Landis win the race.

    "Testosterone is a body-building steroid that that builds mass over long-term use of weeks, months or even years," Kay said. "It's crazy to think that a Tour de France professional cyclist would be using testosterone, particularly in the middle of a race. It's a joke."

    Also, the abnormal ratio could mean a low epitestosterone level rather than a high testosterone level, Kay said.

    Landis had been taking two medications during the race -- injections of cortisone to deal with a chronic hip injury and a thyroid hormone used to treat a condition known as Hashimoto's disease, with which he was diagnosed two years ago.

    Kay said it appears unlikely that either medication could have caused the result.

    Landis had a waiver to take cortisone; the thyroid medication did not require a waiver because it is not considered a performance-enhancing substance.

    Landis said he will request that a second sample, taken at the same time as the one with abnormal levels, be tested. If the results are confirmed, he could be stripped of his Tour de France victory and face disciplinary action from the sport's governing body, the International Cycling Union.

    In the meantime, his cycling team, Phonak, has pulled Landis from the racing circuit and announced that he will be dismissed from the team if the second test confirms the results of the first.

    [SIZE="7"]SCREW THE FRENCH[/SIZE] Everyone wants to come down on Floyd. I for one believe his innocence regardless of the results. The French as well as others tried and tried to crucify Lance and American cyclists in general.

    In this article a good point is made. Floyds other tests did not show elevated levels of testosterone. STage 17 shows slightly elevated levels. As the doctor points out, a shot of steroids isn't going to boost your performance in one instance or stage. Steroids have to be used over a long period as the person has to workout to build muscle thus taking advantage of the steroid. If all other stages showed no elevation, how is one shot of steroids going to help a racer for one stage. Steroids don't work that way. Do the research.

    I don't believe Landis cheated. There is no possible way testosterone with that low of a ratio 4:1 is going to make Floyd perform as well as he did. Unless I'm lacking, it's just common sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futurepath
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    [SIZE="7"]SCREW THE FRENCH[/SIZE] Everyone wants to come down on Floyd. I for one believe his innocence regardless of the results. The French as well as others tried and tried to crucify Lance and American cyclists in general.

    In this article a good point is made. Floyds other tests did not show elevated levels of testosterone. STage 17 shows slightly elevated levels. As the doctor points out, a shot of steroids isn't going to boost your performance in one instance or stage. Steroids have to be used over a long period as the person has to workout to build muscle thus taking advantage of the steroid. If all other stages showed no elevation, how is one shot of steroids going to help a racer for one stage. Steroids don't work that way. Do the research.

    I don't believe Landis cheated. There is no possible way testosterone with that low of a ratio 4:1 is going to make Floyd perform as well as he did. Unless I'm lacking, it's just common sense.
    amigo,
    we live in Europe and people generaly speaking regards performance and personnality much, but really much more than where the guy come from.
    we love, just like you, guys like Vinokourov while most don't really know prescisely where he is from. I think most people like Landis, and even more because of his weakiness during the tour and the fact that he came back really strong when he won the stage with a 5:45 on second. Lance wasn't liked by most over here since he was recognize as a great champion but poor human being (cold, arrogant, etc...).
    What is simply decieving for the mass is to face the fact that probably all pro cyclist use doping, the general feeling on that matter in the news over here, in Switzerland is sadness. But really, Lance, Hinault, Hamilton, Hincapie, Fignon.... who really care?!
    they are all on the same boat, they just have to do it and not get caught.
    their time is short to make glory and dollars, the pressure from team, media is very high on them....
    How could it be different in the Pro level.....
    It got nothin to do with yankie or euro's here, just the remaining naivety of some people that keep believing the impossible....
    Yes human being is fondamentaly cheater by nature, just like you and I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futurepath
    In this article a good point is made. Floyds other tests did not show elevated levels of testosterone. STage 17 shows slightly elevated levels. As the doctor points out, a shot of steroids isn't going to boost your performance in one instance or stage. Steroids have to be used over a long period as the person has to workout to build muscle thus taking advantage of the steroid. If all other stages showed no elevation, how is one shot of steroids going to help a racer for one stage. Steroids don't work that way. Do the research.

    I don't believe Landis cheated. There is no possible way testosterone with that low of a ratio 4:1 is going to make Floyd perform as well as he did. Unless I'm lacking, it's just common sense.
    as i pointed out already above:

    doping experts say that testosterone helps speed up recovery. sometimes just attaching a plaster with testosterone to your test!cle is enough for significant help. but you can also use tablets or other forms. experts say this would have made absolutely sense in this case since he had to recover big time from the day before. it's just that he has taken too much! usually small amounts fade away within the next day and can't be measured. so testosterone isn't to make you faster but to speed up recovery.

    i'll let the judges speak but it's pretty strange what happened.

    and NO - this has absolutely nothing to do with americans or french or whatever nation. this is about a clean sport without cheating. Ullrich and Basso and all the others get treated the same way. it's sad and cyclers seem to be in the spotlight. where's all the other athletes that were on that spanish list? from what i remember they found about 200 names in that list from all different sports. athletics etc. where's all the other guys? you just hear from the cyclists. there was a huge scandal a couple of years ago in italian soccer...you don't hear anything about that anymore as well.

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    I think he had the least amount of recovering to do from the day before. Yes, he rode 10min longer over the last hill than the others, but at a casual pace. It hurt for him, due to dehydration. Look how much he drank the next day, it was not going to happen to him a second time.
    If you've been riding for some time, everyone's come across a true hunger bonk. I for one do not feel extra tired the day after one, if I have been allowed near some full plates of fries and meat, at least. No veggies after I've bonked please, need real food.
    I had a few races where I got too cold to perform. Heartrate stayed low as with bonking, and afterwards I was not really tired. The ride itself took forever and felt like hell. I ate the finish banner though.

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    After the Operation Puerto fiasco, why would ANY rider, espcially a tour favortire take a chance and dope for 1 stage to get to get time back?

    I just can't see Floyd or any TOP 10 rider taking a chance like this, after the whole Spanish bust.
    Look doping seems to be part of the sport and might always will, but this race to take a chance on one satge, knowing if you WIN you will be tested!

    That's what gets me thinking it's a mistake. Again stranger things have happened and these guys are desperate at times.

    But if he was only going to dope for one stage, why win and risk being caught?

    i don't know. I hope he is not for all of cycling. Let's also rember, the test for tesosterone is flawed and cannot be proven if it's his naturally or synthetic. They SHOULD use a test that can tell you. If it's nautral, then he is clean. Synthetic, then he is doping and should as ANY rider face a lifetime ban!

    The test they use ONLY, ONLT shows if your levels are out of wack and that it.
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    Ignorant question....

    So, if testosterone levels were tested earlier (eight times in the tour?) and were found to be within normal limits why the rise on the last day of the stage? It's my understanding that these levels stay quite stable and fluctuate very little. Unless??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axis II
    So, if testosterone levels were tested earlier (eight times in the tour?) and were found to be within normal limits why the rise on the last day of the stage? It's my understanding that these levels stay quite stable and fluctuate very little. Unless??
    What evidence is there that his testosterone levels rose? All that I've heard so far is that they were slightly below normal, through John Eustice of ESPN. Maybe if the anti-doping agency would actually present their findings since they've already run Floyd through the mud, we would all know whether or not his testosterone was abnormally high or not. From what I've heard, the only thing unusual was that his epitestosterone levels were low. I believe that there are probably many possible reasons his E levels would be low, and it's pretty amateurish to just assume it's a result of doping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Elvis
    What evidence is there that his testosterone levels rose? All that I've heard so far is that they were slightly below normal, through John Eustice of ESPN. Maybe if the anti-doping agency would actually present their findings since they've already run Floyd through the mud, we would all know whether or not his testosterone was abnormally high or not. From what I've heard, the only thing unusual was that his epitestosterone levels were low. I believe that there are probably many possible reasons his E levels would be low, and it's pretty amateurish to just assume it's a result of doping.
    c'mon guy - those guys doing the tests aren't kids. these are scientists and specialized in testing. they know exactly what's normal and what's not. as Axis II said above, Floyds levels were ok in all other tests but not at this day. strange, really strange. now Floyd tries to get a spanish (!) doctors certificate saying his levels are abnormal which would be the reason for this....no more questions on my side!! if his levels are abnormal then why didn't he have such a certificate before? they get tested throughout the year, not just during the TdF. other riders have certificates as well but they have them BEFORE and not after beeing tested. strange, really strange.

    and no one is running him through the mud other than those cheap, crap newspapers. you know that kind of press who is just about cheap info in big and bold letters...regular newspapers and also television tells the story how it is and so far he hasn't been proved guilty. BUT it's hard to believe he drank pure water the night before.
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    Strange as it all may be, even an athelete deserves to be treated as being innocent until proven guilty. Nothing should have been leaked to the press until Landis' second sample gave the same results and/or Landis stripped of his title. If this turns out to be a wild -goose chase somebody ought to lose his f*ckng job.

    The whole matter leaves me quite irritated: not the fact that yet another cyclist has been caught (which remains to be seen IMHO!), but the fact that the cycling press, yes the cycling community as a whole is circling around like a bunch of vultures. Like the starter of this thread. In 150 years ago we would have already burnt Landis at the stake......

    @Scapin: I can understand such an attitude after so many dissapointments over the years, but really: there's a simple explanation for why the pros so, so much faster than us mere mortals: they're pros. They've been training and winning since they were (young) children. Their diet, lifestyle, body, yes even mindset have been shaped over 15-20 years to do only one thing: ride bikes. For those of us on the forum who race, we know what a busy season is like (outside of the full time job & quality time needed with the family). Now imagine training 3-4 times more, and that only during the off-season.

    See what I'm getting at?

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    Pro's like to ride so much, and want to win so bad, that they do everything to not have to get a real job and be able to ride all day, every day. I can't be bothered to ride by myself even on decent trails, but these folks need to be restricted by trainers to not over-train.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nino
    c'mon guy - those guys doing the tests aren't kids. these are scientists and specialized in testing. they know exactly what's normal and what's not. as Axis II said above, Floyds levels were ok in all other tests but not at this day. strange, really strange.
    I'm not a kid either; I have a phd in chemistry. I know medeival logic when I see it. These scientists observe a single datapoint that is consistent with testosterone doping, and PRESTO! Floyd's a doper. Well, what else is it consistent with? It's also consistent with consuming ethanol. The authors of this article made an interesting statement in their paper on the effects of alcohol on T/E ratios in athletes:

    "In one of our doping-control activities, urine samples were frequently obtained from a Swedish athlete at irregular time intervals. An increased ratio between testosterone and
    epitestesterone in urine was observed occasionally, and all these increases were found to have been preceded by intake of ethanol. This motivated us to study whether ethanol
    consumption can affect this ratio."

    What more do you need to know to realize that measuring the T/E ratio is not an absolute indicator that an athlete has doped? Clearly, the ratio can be affected by something as mundane as alcohol consumption. What else can affect it? Who knows. I'm sure that the clowns at WADA don't know. They just seem to want the easy answer. Unfortunately, it's not all black and white. They're telling us that they're protecting the sport of bicycling against doping. Well, they aren't doing a very good job if their test methods are flawed (the epo test is about as reliable as reading tea leaves, btw), and if as a result they are suspending riders who have never doped. All they're doing is adding to the problem.

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    you're the man they need...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Elvis
    I'm not a kid either; I have a phd in chemistry. I know medeival logic when I see it. These scientists observe a single datapoint that is consistent with testosterone doping, and PRESTO! Floyd's a doper. Well, what else is it consistent with? It's also consistent with consuming ethanol. The authors of this article made an interesting statement in their paper on the effects of alcohol on T/E ratios in athletes:

    "In one of our doping-control activities, urine samples were frequently obtained from a Swedish athlete at irregular time intervals. An increased ratio between testosterone and
    epitestesterone in urine was observed occasionally, and all these increases were found to have been preceded by intake of ethanol. This motivated us to study whether ethanol
    consumption can affect this ratio."

    What more do you need to know to realize that measuring the T/E ratio is not an absolute indicator that an athlete has doped? Clearly, the ratio can be affected by something as mundane as alcohol consumption. What else can affect it? Who knows. I'm sure that the clowns at WADA don't know. They just seem to want the easy answer. Unfortunately, it's not all black and white. They're telling us that they're protecting the sport of bicycling against doping. Well, they aren't doing a very good job if their test methods are flawed (the epo test is about as reliable as reading tea leaves, btw), and if as a result they are suspending riders who have never doped. All they're doing is adding to the problem.
    you must be right - those guys don't know a sh!t about doping. all the other tests and all other athletes didn't have any irregularities yet you come out and know better? you're the man

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    I agree that it's stupid to come forward with a name before settling it all, B-sample, defence by the athlete, literature study, etc.
    The UCI (I know, not WADA) is all about taking the usual, and putting it in the law. Like MTB's which used to all have 26" wheels, they made that the law. Road bikes had narrow tires, so they made that the law. Many roadies like to sit waaaay back with their seat, so....

    If would have been interesting to note whether a high epitest./test. ratio is even helping to win races. If it is, why isn't everyone taking pre-ride beers?

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    having a beer with sprinter Justin Gatlin??

    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxxki
    I agree that it's stupid to come forward with a name before settling it all, B-sample, defence by the athlete, literature study, etc.
    The UCI (I know, not WADA) is all about taking the usual, and putting it in the law. Like MTB's which used to all have 26" wheels, they made that the law. Road bikes had narrow tires, so they made that the law. Many roadies like to sit waaaay back with their seat, so....

    If would have been interesting to note whether a high epitest./test. ratio is even helping to win races. If it is, why isn't everyone taking pre-ride beers?
    maybe Floyd and 100m Sprint world record holder Justin Gattlin drank a beer together? both tested positive with testosterone.....or maybe it's just the Buds Light that has this special effect

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    Time will tell - I'll hold my thoughts until I read facts and not before.

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    I couldn't agree more.

    I haven't really commented on any of the forums I frequent about floyd because the facts are so minimal at the moment that I see no point.

    I am actually not a Floyd fan (as a cyclist) but I respect him like any other person to know he ought to be given a chance and let all the information flow before we pass judgment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nino
    you must be right - those guys don't know a sh!t about doping. all the other tests and all other athletes didn't have any irregularities yet you come out and know better? you're the man
    As a matter of fact, they do not know **** about doping. A lot of criterias used are later proven to be pulled out of their collective asses.

    This is a business - not science.

    Also - why do you keep mising the point that an abnormal ratio is not equivalent to a "high testosterone"? There is two way to get an elevated ratio - add one, or subtract other.

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    The reality of it is that testing for banned substance use is nowhere near as foolproof or conclusive as WADA, the IOC or UCI would like the world to think. This has been shown time and time again by people falsely accused, banned, and later having their bans withdrawn.

    On the other hand there's probably boatloads of dopers, considering enough atheletes get caught and simply confess. This highlights the existence of more flaws in the system: how were these guys able to get away with it for so long in the first place?

    To me it appears there is no conclusive evidence Floyd Landis illegally boosted his testosterone levels, and no evidence has been presented as such either. If or when Landis is formally banned by the UCI, only then can we as the public make any judgements about his alleged doping, as the UCI won't ban him on the basis of one single result.

    Until then screaming "Floid Landis caught by doping (as Armstrong)" is indeed just pulling stuff out of your @ss.

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