Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after he was caught using performance-enhancing drugs, has admitted to doping and claims revered cycling legend Lance Armstrong did it too.
Floyd finally confessed to doping, steroid use, EPO, and blood transfusions in a series of emails earlier this month. Now that his name is mud on the cycling circuit, Landis has made sure to try to take down every other cyclist in the sport as well, including Lance.
The Wall Street Journal writes: “In one of the emails, dated April 30 and addressed to Stephen Johnson, the president of USA Cycling, Mr. Landis said that Mr. Armstrong’s longtime coach, Johan Bruyneel, introduced Mr. Landis to the use of steroid patches, blood doping and human growth hormone in 2002 and 2003, his first two years on the U.S. Postal Service team. He alleged Mr. Armstrong helped him understand the way the drugs worked. ‘He and I had lengthy discussions about it on our training rides during which time he also explained to me the evolution of EPO testing and how transfusions were now necessary due to the inconvenience of the new test,’ Mr. Landis claimed in the email. He claimed he was instructed by Mr. Bruyneel how to use synthetic EPO and steroids and how to carry out blood transfusions that doping officials wouldn’t be able to detect. Mr. Bruyneel and Mr. Johnson could not be reached for comment.”
The International Cycling Union doesn’t buy Landis’ story. In fact, foundation president Pat McQuaid brands Floyd a bitter f-up manipulating the system to shame his former rivals.
“These guys coming out now with things like this from the past is only damaging the sport. If they’ve any love for the sport they wouldn’t do it. What’s his agenda? The guy is seeking revenge. It’s sad, it’s sad for cycling. It’s obvious he does hold a grudge. He already made those accusations in the past. Armstrong has been accused many times in the past but nothing has been proved against him. And in this case, I have to question the guy’s credibility. There is no proof of what he says. We are speaking about a guy who has been condemned for doping before a court.”