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Landis loses and so does pro cycling

By now, you’ve heard the news: Floyd Landis has been banned from the Tour de France for 2 years and stripped of his yellow jersey. Regardless the unhappy outcome, I still believe Floyd Landis was the victim of unfair and corrupt laboratory results and judgement. I believe that any substances that would have been found in his blood tests would have been as a result of medications he may have been taking for his hip.

Landis loses the yellow jersey and what should have been his legacy. Sadly, pro cycling also loses. I don’t disagree with banning those who really are guilty of deliberate doping. I do disagree with the vengeance that the Tour organizations seem to have waged against Floyd. He was on Armstrong’s winning team, after all. Are we really supposed to believe that Bruyneel and Armstrong would put up with doping with all they had at stake?

Judging by the depth of doping allegations that have proven true among the cyclists, it’s evident that they’re really not much different from our own pro athletes who have been accused or convicted of drug abuse, or worse. However, it seems just a little too apparent that the organizations involved with the TDF just can’t stand the fact that the Tour winners haven’t been French.

Of course, it doesn’t matter what I believe; what matters is what Floyd knows to be true. Here’s what he had to say last month.

I know, I’m a little late in saying anything. Sorry, been busy with other stuff and not taking care of my own stuff.

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