Since I wrote the previous post, I have become aware of the following items, which collectively appear to indicate that the sport of professional cycling may be about to be blown apart:
(1) The US Justice Department is considering joining in a lawsuit that Floyd Landis filed some time ago, under the Federal False Claims (“whistleblower”) Act, against the US Postal Service team and Armstrong. Landis reportedly charges that “Armstrong and team managers defrauded the U.S. government when they accepted money from the U.S. Postal Service”, given that the contract between them requires that they not use any banned substances or practices. The Justice Department has until tomorrow (Thursday) to make its decision. Needless to say, this is extremely serious.
(2) On Monday, Armstrong gave an interview to Oprah Winfrey, which will be aired on her television program this Thursday and Friday nights. It has been reported that he admits to having used prohibited substances/practices in the interview, and is considering making public the details of the corruption within the UCI, (cycling’s international governing body), and/or the US Postal Service team’s leadership. We shall see what he says, and what his likely angle is, as he always has one, and his credibility at this point is zero.
(3) The transcript of a seven hour interview with Landis, by Paul Kimmage two years ago, is available. Landis has been instrumental in bringing the entire situation to this point, beginning with this interview. He was stripped of his 2006 Tour victory, immediately afterwards, for failing a drug test. I found the interview fascinating, from several angles. It is very revealing about how whole the doping dynamic worked, and how Landis’ life went from heaven to hell in less than one day. What he has been through since is somewhat unbelievable and he is a very interesting guy.