ASO’s official Tour de France site at www.LeTour.fr has been given a complete and very snazzy makeover. It includes a click-through to the official YouTube clips from the world’s biggest and best annual sporting event.
Bizarrely, the YouTube user ‘letourdefrance’ doesn’t allow third-party embedding so I can’t place the vids here, but I can link to them.
What a wonderful world it would be if certain lab technicians could put their hands on critical equipment manuals, didn’t certify each other’s tests and didn’t make “boo boos” that portray cycling as even more drug riddled than it certainly is.
Don’t know much about biology? There’s a great summary of the Floyd Landis hearing – including 5-alpha-androstanediol for Dummies – in the Los Angeles Times. In the long piece, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Michael Hilzik revisits his past articles on the flawed world of anti-doping.
After digesting that article, sing-a-long to what could be the perfect theme tune for Le Laboratoire National de d’pistage du dopage:
Don’t know much about history
Don’t know much biology
Don’t know much about a science book
Don’t know much about the French I took
Don’t know much about geography
Don’t know much trigonometry
Don’t know much about algebra
Don’t know what a slide rule is for. Sam Cooke, ‘Wonderful World’
Dick Pound. Bradley Wiggins. Cycling Weekly. WADA. LNDD. USADA. 99 per cent of the world’s mainstream media. Bicycle Retailer. And many more.
Admit it, you all called it wrong. If you’ve been reading the TBV transcripts from the Floyd Landis hearing, which finishes today, you’ll now know that Team Landis has proved LNDD was guilty of violations of International Lab Standards. Any fair-minded person can now see USADA cannot prove that the violations didn’t “cause” last year’s adverse analytical findings.
The verdict from the three arbitrators – aided by the ‘independent’ fourth panel member from the WADA-accredited Rome lab – will likely take some time to be delivered.
“It’s foolproof. This analysis tells the difference between endogenous and exogenous. No error is possible in isotopic readings.”
Science isn’t like that. Floyd Landis came from far, far behind to win last year’s Tour de France. He has done the equivalent in a suit this past two weeks, providing the smoking gun that a significant minority thought was out there.
Over on Trust But Verify, David Brower summarises yesterday’s testimony at the Floyd Landis hearing:
Which is more likely, that Landis has this complicated doping regime contradicting known chemistry, or that LNDD is systematically messing up measurements…?
With the burden flipped, USADA must prove that LNDD is not the reincarnation of Muppet Laboratories.
Now, that’s funny, although it’s unlikely anybody at LNND in Chatenay-Malabry, Paris, would concur. Incidentally, ‘malabry’ is derived from a phrase meaning ‘spoiled ground,’ something I mentioned on the Floyd Landis petition last August.
The Muppet Labs chief scientist was Dr. Honeydew. Here he is in action with every cyclist’s favourite energy food, bananas:
But perhaps the Muppet Labs episode that best sums up the current see-no-evil, hear-no-evil saga is this one:
“Dr. Honeydew shows off his latest invention, a gorilla detector, which is devised to sound a warning whenever a gorilla approaches. During the demonstration, a gorilla arrives…and proceeds to smash the equipment. Dr. Honeydew steadfastly refuses to believe that the creature is a gorilla, however, since the detector hasn’t gone off.”
Anyways, in the piece on BikeBiz.com I wrote a sidebar about the origin of the word ‘testify’ and wanted a video to illustrate this. Up popped this surreal National Lampoon interview with Robin Williams and Owen Wilson. It involves a Jewish orangutan, a de-bunking of Intelligent Design and other very funny ad-libs. Williams even gets in a gag about cycling, but you’ve got to wait for the final two minutes for the segway into testicles.
Those who registered on Climb By Bike have now been emailed the links to the KMZ files and can ‘fly’ through all of the 2007 Tour de France stages, including the kick-off prologue in London on July 7th.
Register now and you can get the files, too. So cool!
The Google Earth files are so detailed â€“ and future-facing – you can even see Floyd Landis, smiling, and jumping up and down on the career of Dick Pound.
The Floyd Landis vs USADA arbitration case starts today in California. Read my BikeBiz.com story for some background. Want to watch the proceedings at the end of each day? Floyd Landis is paying $200 for a daily video feed. Go grab it from Floydlandis.com. The passwords change each day.
In the meantime, check out these two videos. The first is a polished production from the Floyd Fairness Fund. The second is the “offending” stage 17 from last year’s Tour de France. Tour commentator Phil Liggett didn’t think the Landis performance was “super-human”, he and fellow commentator Paul Sherwen berated the following pack for letting Landis get so far ahead on such a hot day.
The world is a mad, bad place. There are needless wars, predictable famines, and senseless killings. In this context, one man’s battle to save his healthy right leg from amputation is neither here nor there.
But every injustice is still an injustice and the following case is just as important, if not more so, than many stories that often rise to the top of the news agenda. The case is in the public domain and is receiving some discussion on specialist blogs but it’s unlikely to receive mainstream media attention until May 14th, when a two week hearing will decide a man’s future. Or, more precisely, the future of his right leg.