BOOK WARS: Floyd Landis vs Dick Pound

Simon Spotlight Entertainment, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is to publish the Floyd Landis autobiography at the end of June. The book will therefore hit the shops after the USADA tribunal starting May 14th – which will decide Floyd’s fate – and before the 2007 Tour de France kicks off in London.

Whatever the tribunal decides, Positively False will become a bestseller. can safely predict Floyd’s book will far outsell Inside Dope: How Drugs Are the Biggest Threat to Sports, Why You Should Care, and What Can Be Done About Them. This is a polemic by WADA boss Dick Pound. Despite his love of getting his strong, and often controversial, views into the mass media, Dick Pound trails Floyd Landis in the Google rankings. See this Google Fight.

Floyd leads with 1.8m results with Dick trailing at 1.3m despite having a first name that can bring in lots of extra results, albeit from sites you may not want your mother to see.

The video stats bear out this heavy defeat for Dick Pound. This YouTube video on Dick Pound’s views on hacking and admin errors has had just 160 views:

However, this video featuring Phil Liggett’s views about the likely innocence of Floyd has had 11, 457 views:

Positively False, ghost written by Loren Money (author of A Kid’s Guide to Nascar), will be about “the inner-workings of the cycling world – a place with no union or bargaining power where the athletes are subject to the upside-down world of anti-doping, replete with antiquated science, flawed interpretive protocols and a draconian legal process.”

Floyd Landis said: “After months of having my life condensed into sound-bites and two-minute interviews, I’m looking forward to having the space to share the details of my life and tell the story of how I won the Tour de France fair and square.”

Jennifer Bergstrom, Vice President and Publisher of SSE, said “Floyd Landis is a remarkable athlete with a story that reads like a great Hollywood epic. This is sure to be the much-talked-about book of summer.”

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