Floyd Landis talks about Positively False: The Real Story of How I Won the Tour de France.
Landis, the American cyclist whose hard-earned 2006 Tour de France victory was stripped due to doping allegations, provides strong evidence to clear his name. He talks about the fascinating ups and downs of his life and his career.
Floyd Landis is an American cyclist. He is a time-trial specialist as well as a climber. Landis turned professional in 1999 with the Mercury Cycling Team. He joined the US Postal Service team in 2002, and moved to the Phonak Hearing Systems team in 2005.
Landis is still officially the winner of the 2006 Tour de France, the third American to do so (after Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong), though he is not considered by Tour officials to be the champion and his status as champion may be subject to change.
Landis failed a drug test which indicated a ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone of 11 to 1 (the legal limit is 4 to 1) and the presence of synthetic testosterone during one stage of the race and he is expected to have to forfeit his title.
American cyclist Floyd Landis discusses the doping allegations surrounding his victory in the 2006 Tour de France and gives his take on what steps should be taken to discourage cheating in professional cycling.
Thank you guys very much. You have no idea what that means to me to be here in in front of what Ihope are cycling fans. That will make the questions easier. I don't know if you guys have beenwatching the Tour De France, the last week or so. But good, I am glad. I feel for the guys who arethere, because they have done the work to get there. They have put 10 or 15 years of training into it.And unfortunately this year, more than in any year in the past have been asked to answer questionsabout doping and things like that rather than being given the respect and the credit that they deserve forthe work it takes to get there.So keep watching them, I am watching. I am a cycling fan as well and I don't know what's going tohappen but I hope it's equally as exciting as it usually is. The reason I wrote the book was becausemost American sports fans unless you are as obsessed with cycling as I am and you may be, theydon't know a whole lot about me or where I came from or the sport itself and the tactics and a lot ofaspects of it. They know about the Tour De France last year. They know about the doping allegationsfollowing that and I have no idea what that was. But but they don't know a whole lot of theydon't have any other perspective on things apart from just a small slice of my life and I think it's givinga bad image to cycling. And I hope that with the resolution of this case and with the book that we canget back to what people appreciate about cycling and I was starting to pay attention more to why doesthe people enjoy it and enjoy watching it? It's something that you can do at any age. You can getinvolved in it at any age. And you can improve for many, many years and it's a rewarding thing, it's asocial thing. You meet all kinds of people, you get to see things and places and it's a healthy thing to doand I hope that more people in the future will get involved in it.But any way I am here tonight to say hi to you guys because I do believe that most of you are cyclingfans not quite that naÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¯ve. And most of the time I when we have a reasonably sized group, I like toanswer questions because I am sure that most of you want to know more details over about what mightbe in the book or something that I failed to mention or something that just didn't come across in thepress in the last year. So rather than go on too long about something that will be easily learnt in thebook I think I will subject myself to whatever questions you might have. Yeah go ahead.