NOS teletekst now reports (page 668) that the Phonak team has announced that the one who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs was the winner, American Floyd Landis.
He tested positive for testosteron.
He tested positive for this performance enhancing drugs after the 17th stage of this year’s Tour de France: that’s the one he won in such a magnificent manner.
This is unbelievable. If the contra-expertise proves this to be true, he should be suspended for years and years as far as I am concerned.
The T-Mobile rider Patrik Sinkewitz, who chased Floyd Landis for much of Landis’s epic stage 17 win, described the experience as like ‘chasing a motorcycle.’ That sort of breakaway performance just doesn’t happen in the modern era of professional cycling; even Lance Armstrong only won individual races by degrees. It is sad to see things turn out this way, but justice will hand Oscar Pereiro this year’s yellow jersey and ban Landis from racing for a good long time.