No Heros: Landis Had Synthetic Testosterone

I’™m not a cycling enthusiast, but Floyd Landis’™ Tour de France victory was a thing of sports legend – guy with a bad hip, in constant pain, comes back from certain defeat and wins the most prestigious cycling event in the world. A true feel-good story. Well, at least it would have been, [...]

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I’™m not a cycling enthusiast, but Floyd Landis’™ Tour de France victory was a thing of sports legend – guy with a bad hip, in constant pain, comes back from certain defeat and wins the most prestigious cycling event in the world. A true feel-good story. Well, at least it would have been, except for one eensey little thing.

Let me be clear that I gave up on sports heros quite awhile ago. They’™re all juiced in one manner or another. But as I listened last week to an NPR interview with Landis, it was obvious that he was trying, in a most unconvincing manner, to explain his positive doping result. His story (‘œhey, I got liquored up after that bad stage, and it threw off the results’ ) just didn’™t pass the smell test.

Tonight comes word that Landis was, indeed, apparently taking some performance enhancing pharmaceuticals:

Tests show that some of the testosterone in Floyd Landis’™ system at the Tour de France was synthetic and not naturally produced by his body as he claimed, according to a newspaper report.

The French antidoping lab testing the American cyclist’™s samples determined that some of the hormone came from an external source, The New York Times reported on its Web site Monday night, citing a person at the International Cycling Union with knowledge of the result’¦

File this under the tab: ‘œWhy I’™m such a fucking cynic about everything.’

Monday, July 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: General

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