Cycling – The 2006 TdF Floyd Landis Controversy

2006 Tour de FranceI’ve been holding off since the whole steroid thing broke. It SO disappoints me… but I really think that Floyd wasn’t so naive to think that if he would do ‘roids and pull a ride like that without knowing 100% that he would be tested. If you win a stage in the Tour, you get tested. No exceptions. Besides, steroids aren’t a drug for cycling. They build heavy (and in cycling terms) slowing muscles. I smell a conspiracy.

Floyd is known as one of the hardest workers in the history of cycling. He has been known to ride up to 24,000 training miles in his early road riding years to build up his strength and endurance base. Knowing this, the thought that he would take the easy way out knowing he’d be caught is a bit hard to believe.

We’ll have to see how it plays out in the months to come, but unlike many folks I know, I’m not one who sees an athlete do something extraordinary and immediately writes it off as chemically enhanced. I’m rooting for Floyd. I want to believe in heroes.

UPDATE: Floyd and his wife, Amber interviewed by ABC News

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