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Thursday, November 16, 2006

What a Crock... Here is an article from the Guardian Unlimited, where the French Minister of Sports speaks about the Floyd Landis testing "typo": "When such a mistake is made, everything is governed by transparency and all the parties involved are immediately notified."

Really? Governed by transparency? Does he really believe that crap, or expect us to believe it? I am so laughing about this statement, but it really isn't funny. It clearly tells us what the official position is going to be, and cleaning up this cesspool is an almost impossible task...

I don't recall reading anywhere that Floyd Landis was notified about any mistake in his testing paperwork.. If not, then either the Chatenay-Malabry cesspool grossly violated their protocol, or the French Minister is doing the usual CYA bullcrap....

From the Guardian Unlimited:
French minister defends lab in Landis case
By Chrystel Boulet
PARIS, Nov 16 (Reuters) - French Sports minister Jean-Francois Lamour has defended the country's anti-doping laboratory which has come under fire after admitting it made a typing error on the report on Tour de France winner Floyd Landis.
"The laboratory of Chatenay-Malabry remains one of the most efficient. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regularly sends blind tests to other laboratories to monitor the quality of the job done here," Lamour told Reuters on Thursday.
Lamour said the administrative error on Landis's case was a minor one.
"It was only a typing error made in the analysis report. Two figures were transposed.
"When such a mistake is made, everything is governed by transparency and all the parties involved are immediately notified."
Landis's spokesman said on Wednesday that the error, reported in French daily Le Monde, had boosted the American's claims of innocence.
Landis is fighting to clear his name after tests on his two samples showed he had elevated levels of testosterone in his system when he won the Tour in July.
He will make his case at a hearing by the American Arbitration Association early next year. The rider will be stripped of the Tour title if the loses his appeal.
Lamour said police had been asked to investigate after hackers broke into the computer system of the laboratory, on the outskirts of Paris.
He told Reuters: "We must remain calm and keep our feet on the ground. The hacking is regrettable but it's one of those things that occur when you've got a difficult fight on your hands."
Landis's coach Arnie Baker is due to make a presentation about the latest aspects of the case in Tucson on Friday.


  • I didn't know they made "transparent" white-out, which is apparently what the lab used for their "corrections." Where there's smoke, there must be fire...

    By Anonymous Debby, At 12:36 PM  

  • Has anyone else noticed how often Pound, Bordry, McQuaid, et al, use the word "fight"? They could say "effort". They could say "ordeal". They could say any of dozens of synonyms for the "struggle" they claim to be faced with in terms of O.P., Landis, lab errors, "teh haxxoring".

    But they say "fight". A lot.

    Maybe it's just me, but "confrontational" is not an attribute I look for in an impartial sports anti-doping organzation.

    By Anonymous Yol, At 2:22 PM  

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