tour winner fails drug test

July 27, 2006

In a rather stunning turn of events, Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has tested positive for abnormal levels of testosterone in the aftermath of his victory. Landis and his team manager were “totally surprised by this physiological result,” said a representative of the team. Should Mr. Landis test positive for the hormone in an impending “B sample”, his victory will be invalidated and he will be dismissed from the team.

As you likely know, Mr. Landis completed the Tour while suffering from a broken hip; he has avoided replacing it so as not to damage his ability to perform as expected. It is sobering to think that he would resort to such measures as suggested here to ensure his victory. Justice will come swiftly, and I’ll be following this story closely. Watch this spot for updates.

Update 7/30: Mr. Landis has claimed (again) last Friday that he is innocent of wrongdoing, so he is either without a shred of integrity or has been wrongly accused.  Let us hope that it is the latter.

–D. S. W.

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