Floyd Landis on Larry King tonight.......

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    cPritch67 New Member

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    FL will appear on the Larry King live show tonight (in the states - not sure if LK is available in Europe) - ABC 6pm - 7pm PDT.

    Should be a little less scripted than today's earlier statements.
     
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    Well, Eurosport is the best thing sinced sliced bread for some members of the forum... Hopefully it won't let them down
     
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    Isn't "a little less" the operative term? I haven't watched Larry King but I've gotten the impression that he is not a tough interviewer. Am I right?
     
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    Not sure, I don't watch him very often either. I included a link where you can send in questions, so perhaps the "mailbag" will have some more directed questions.
     
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    Uh...LK is a joke as an interviewer. I'm surprised he hasn't toddled off to the retirement home yet. But, it should be fun to watch him try to act like he knows anything about what he's asking Flandis about.
     
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    King is a moron. His is the first show anyone involved in a spin control effort wants to go on.
     
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    exactly. i've heard his "interrogations" referred as being stoked off.
     
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    Like Lance said to King:

    "I. have. never. doped"
     
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    I asked what DaveZ his roomie has said.
     
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    And King said, "I'm a dope?"
     
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    He probably will call him by the wrong name at least once.
     
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    transcript:

    LA: I. have. never. doped.

    LK: I'm a dope?

    LA: Nooo, Al Trautwig is a dope. I'm saying I have never doped.

    LK: Oh, so it was Hal Fishpig who doped. So, why did you break up with Avril Lavigne?
    :p :p :p
     
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    Synapsis:

    Floyd is not comfortable with public speaking, he was careful with his words but believable.

    Segment 2 - Lance calls from Oregon, doesn't talk directly to Floyd but only to Larry - says Floyd's a tough guy and if anyone at Postal suspected anyone of doping they would have been canned immediately and by the way - "the lab that tested Floyd is the same one that LIED about those EPO tests of mine." Plus they're French and they hate Americans over there.

    Segment 3 - Dr. Kay the hip guy - The test is bogus, Floyd's the best cyclist in the world and testosterone isn't a doping drug for a cycling.

    Larry can ask tough questions, but he will usually let the answer go without challenge and let the audience make up its mind about the veracity of the answer.
     
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    Interview With Floyd Landis

    Aired July 28, 2006 - 21:00 ET

    THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


    (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
    LARRY KING, CNN HOST: Tonight, primetime exclusive, the new Tour de France champ whose abnormal tests have raised doping questions in the racing controversy that's got the whole world talking. Now, Floyd Landis tells his side of the story.

    Plus, another primetime exclusive, Rusty Yates, his ex-wife Andrea Yates just found not guilty of drowning their kids by reason of insanity. Now he's lashing out at her prosecutor.

    And then, yet another exclusive, the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery, their first interview since returning from their five million mile journey to outer space. What did they see up there?

    It's all next on LARRY KING LIVE.

    (END VIDEO CLIP)

    KING: Last Sunday, American Floyd Landis won cycling's biggest race, the Tour de France. He did it after one of the most dramatic comebacks in the history of the event. But a doping test, which showed an abnormality, has cast a major doubt over the victory. And today in his first public appearance since the controversy broke, Landis proclaimed his innocence and he joins me now from Madrid.

    Was all this, Floyd, a shock to you?

    FLOYD LANDIS, TOUR DE FRANCE WINNER: Good evening, Larry, and yes it was a shock as much to me as to anyone else.

    KING: Now tell me about the testing process. Do they test you right after? When does the test take place?

    LANDIS: The way it works is they test three people each day. They test the winner of each stage. They test the leader of the race. And then they test a random person in a race. All of these take place directly at the finish line. It turns out the leader of the race has often things to do at the podium and awards but immediately after that, so within half an hour I would say maximum.

    KING: Have you ever had a problem like this in your career?

    LANDIS: No, this is the first I've had to go through this.

    KING: Your defense is that there were naturally high levels of testosterone in the test. What can cause that?

    LANDIS: Well, I don't know. That's why I have some experts helping me out to try to understand what's going on here. What this test shows is an abnormal ratio of two naturally occurring substances. It's not a positive test in the same criteria of finding something exogenous in the body.

    That's all I know. I have a lot of very intelligent and experienced people helping with this and hopefully some of them are here tonight to help you understand that.

    KING: Why did they suspend you?

    LANDIS: Currently I have not been suspended. I'm waiting now a requested B sample test. They take a test at the finish line and they split that in two so that the second test in the event of an abnormality can be performed under the witness of the person who is being tested or a person who has the right to witness it on their behalf.

    So, the B sample will come back and in the event that that is positive we will go through some more tests for this testosterone ratio to try to show exactly what's causing this. As far as when the suspension actually occurs I cannot say. I have not been suspended at this point by the federation.

    KING: I'm told it's your team that has suspended you is that correct?

    LANDIS: My team has asked me not to race in the meantime until this has been resolved.

    KING: What does testosterone do in the body that makes someone a better racer?

    LANDIS: That is a good question that you'll have to ask the doctors if they're here at this moment. I think they can better answer that.

    KING: So you have not been told what effect testosterone has pro or con on someone being a good racer?

    LANDIS: No. You know contrary to what may be the perception of the public, I along with the majority of bicycle racers are not experts on what possible doping products could do to make you a better bicycle racer.

    In the last two days since this transpired I have done my best to learn as much as possible but I've been overwhelmed more by the personal things dealing with people, like my mother for example who now has to go through something she never deserved to go through.

    And so a lot of my energy is put in the emotional side of it. Hopefully in the next few days I can learn a lot more about what may be the reason for this being a problem.

    KING: Do you think part of it might be the fact that the comeback was so amazing that people didn't believe it was possible?

    LANDIS: I think that part of hurts my argument. Again, I was tested six times before that and two times afterwards, all of them -- I don't receive the results when they're negative so I don't know exactly what the numbers were but all of them were within normal ranges. But, yes, I think the performance, which by the way I'm very proud of, probably makes it more suspicious.

    KING: Did you think you could come back?

    LANDIS: You know when I started that stage that morning I had spent a little time with a couple of the teammates of mine talking about what the possibilities were and we thought the way we raced the race and the way you saw in that was our plan.

    We didn't know if it was possible to come back. I was pretty sure if I did what I did that I would win the stage but an eight minute deficit was almost insurmountable and we didn't have any misconceptions that that was not done before but we were out to try certainly.

    KING: What did it?

    LANDIS: What did it was heart and determination and 15 years of hard work and it was my dream. And, when you get to that point, when you're inspired and you're somewhere you always dreamt of being and nothing else matters, you can -- you can push yourself to limits you couldn't push yourself to before.

    KING: Now there had been I think the night before the 17th stage, I think this is admitted that you had done some drinking is that true and, if so, what effect did it have?

    LANDIS: You know there was some speculation earlier that it may have some effect. I don't know. I had a very bad day, if you were watching, on that stage and I can say that it was one of the worst days of my life because until that point I was very confident that I could win the Tour.

    That day everything went wrong. I was dehydrated at the end and I felt miserable. And when I got to the finish, I did what a normal person would do on an ordinary bad day and had a beer and a little bit of Jack Daniels and felt much better and relaxed and laughed with my teammates and then got some sleep.

    KING: Floyd, I know that there have been some problems. You had a very bad hip. There was a thyroid condition. Were there medications you were and are taking?

    LANDIS: I take currently medication for the thyroid problem. For the hip, like I told the world before I had a cortisone injection spread out over three weeks to try to reduce the inflammation from the arthritis pain in the right hip.

    Again those two things both of which are accepted, the cortisone has to have an exemption but I have a legitimate reason for using it. The thyroid is not a performance enhancing drug. It's not a banned drug. It doesn't require an exemption, both of which I don't know if they have any effect whatsoever on -- on what happened here.

    KING: Are you going to continue in this sport?

    LANDIS: I'd love to continue in the sport. It's been my passion and my dream and it's a beautiful sport. And I think the people who were watching, even if they're not cyclists themselves, were -- were caught in the moment and I think it was something special to watch. It certainly was something special to be part of. I would love to keep racing and I'm going to do my best to defend my dignity and my innocence.

    KING: Former winner Greg LeMond said, "I really believe Floyd is clean. You will always find riders who transgress the laws. I really did believe Floyd was not among them." Is there to your knowledge a lot of this going on in your sport?

    LANDIS: Well, to people watching you see that there are often doping scandals in our sport. It seems to me possibly because I'm in the sport more than other sports. I don't know what the outside perception is but I'm guessing it's the same.

    This is always the first I've heard of it whenever it comes to the press, so whatever you guys see is what I know and it feels to me like there's more problems than there should be. But the good thing is that the people in this sport that makes mistakes aren't -- aren't ignored. They're publicized and they're punished for it.

    KING: Now what about the second tests are you taking them yet or awaiting results or what?

    LANDIS: The protocol the way it works is after the A sample, I'm notified of the abnormality. I have five days to request a B sample test. I'm not waiting for any particular reason. I just spent the last two days trying to come up with a plan and organize things in my life. Excuse me, Larry.

    KING: Sure.

    LANDIS: But this evening here, United States time, the fax needs to be sent to Colorado Springs to the federation there. We'll be requesting the B sample be tested.

    KING: We'll take a break and be right back with Floyd Landis and lots more to go on this edition of LARRY KING LIVE. Don't go away.

    (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

    KING: Before we get back to Floyd and meet his doctors, well we have with us on the phone Lance Armstrong, the seven time winner of the Tour de France, the newly retired Lance Armstrong, who's been through some doping allegations himself. What do you make of all of this, Lance?

    LANCE ARMSTRONG, FORMER TOUR DE FRANCE WINNER (by telephone): Well, it's -- I was obviously surprised. I was at the Tour. I watched Floyd the two days that we've just been watching there, obviously the bad day that he had but the follow up day which was -- which was spectacular.

    I thought it was unlike anything I'd ever seen in cycling and I mean that in a good way. I thought it was -- I thought he was tough. I thought the guys behind, who were chasing him, didn't do a great job but he showed a lot of heart and gut and determination that day.

    And, all I can say, you know, without knowing the specifics of his case and just sticking to the facts that I know is what I know about Floyd and we spent three years together on the same team, obviously, you know, spending massive amounts of time training and racing together.

    If we ever suspected anything, if there was suspicious behavior or anything to lead us to believe he was a cheater, then we would have parted ways long before we did. And when he did leave he left for a better offer from another team and we had to respect that.

    The only other thing I will say and add to this that, you know, without getting too -- too crazy or too much of a conspiracy theorist is that keep it in mind the laboratory here that found this abnormal reading is the same lab that I've been involved in with all the allegations over in France.

    And this is the same lab that through the independent investigation and that process would not answer the simplest of questions to the independent investigator about the ethics of what they did and who conducted the testing and what conditions were -- they were done under. You know I'm a little skeptical of this particular laboratory and the report backs up that skepticism.

    KING: What do you think all this does to your sport?

    ARMSTRONG: Well, look, it's everywhere. You know, you turn on the TV, I mean you don't talk about cycling every day on LARRY KING LIVE. And, you know, it's on the cover of USA Today. It's rolling constantly on ESPN. And it's not a -- it's not a glorified story here.

    This is a -- it's a negative story, although I still believe in Floyd and I believe him to be innocent. This is not good for cycling and this is just one of -- I mean many people could say, look, this started ten years ago and I was somebody that kept these stories alive for seven years.

    I've lived it and I know what it's like but it's not good and for somebody who really loves cycling it's not anything you want to -- you want to turn on the TV and watch.

    KING: Do you feel any tinge of anti-Americanism here?

    ARMSTRONG: Well, listen, I'm a realist. I know that there is that. I don't know that that's the motivation behind this but, I mean for any American watching or listening that's been over to Europe recently, last couple years, the relations just aren't great. I wouldn't -- I wouldn't say that that's the reason that Floyd's going through this.

    KING: Did you miss racing this year?

    ARMSTRONG: No, not at all. I was happy to be a spectator and quite honestly I was -- I was really happy to see Floyd win and I was happy to see the jersey stay on American soil. But, no, I'm nearly 35 years old and it's time for me to move on and do something else.

    KING: Would you call Floyd an exceptional rider?

    ARMSTRONG: Absolutely. No, when we took -- listen, I have to say when we took Floyd to the team this was a -- this was a kid with a very interesting background. I mean obviously the story is well known now but came to the mountain bike side of the business and somebody that, you know, perhaps had the reputation of being a little tough to manage.

    But above and beyond everything else he was -- he was one of the toughest young kids that I'd ever come across and we could see that. I mean we'd bring the kids to training camp and I was trying to get fit and trying to win a Tour and you had this young kid with this incredible tough attitude that was challenging me on every hill and at every opportunity. So, we knew then that he was -- he was our kind of guy and he was a tough bike rider.

    KING: Lance, good luck to you, hope to see you soon. Thanks for checking in with us.

    ARMSTRONG: You bet, thanks Larry.

    KING: Lance Armstrong, seven time winner of the Tour de France, staunchly defending his friend and former teammate.

    And we'll be back with more after this.

    (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

    KING: Floyd Landis is with us, the cyclist, winner of the Tour de France, now fighting doping allegations. He is in Madrid, Spain.

    Joining us now here in Los Angeles is Dr. Brent Kay. He's Floyd Landis' personal physician. He's a board specialist in both sports and internal medicine. What do you make of this, doctor?

    Well, the last 24 hours have been pretty crazy and, you know, it's almost bordered on hysteria. And, you know, my position from the beginning is that, you know, the testing process is just that. It's a process and it's not complete. And, I think Floyd's entitled to that process to be complete.

    KING: You mean this is just a phase of it?

    KAY: Yes. I mean he has the opportunity now to have the B test performed and, you know, that will complete the testing process. KING: And could the B contradict the A?

    KAY: Oh, definitely. If the B sample comes back negative, it's a done deal. There's nothing here.

    KING: Then what would the assessment be of the A if the B comes back negative? Would we say the A was wrong?

    KAY: Yes, exactly. In medicine it would be what's referred to as a false positive, just like if you go to your doctor. You get a blood test. Something is abnormal.

    KING: It could have been lots of things.

    KAY: Yes, you would -- typically your doctor would send you to go get another one, go get a repeat to see if, in fact, it was a real abnormality.

    KING: How do you explain the high level of testosterone?

    KAY: Well, I think that's been one of the problems is that he does not have a high level of testosterone. That's not been documented.

    KING: Well why are we getting this?

    KAY: He has a -- he has a high ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone in his urine.

    KING: Meaning?

    KAY: Which could be due to an elevated testosterone level, it could be due to a low epitestosterone level and it could be do to a variety of other factors with handling and specimen contamination and various other things.

    KING: I asked Floyd this. He says it's better answered by you. What does testosterone do for a race driver?

    KAY: For a cyclist it would be my opinion that it would make you worse. I think...

    KING: Worse?

    KAY: I think that's the crazy thing here. I think everybody really needs to take a step back and look at what we're talking about because testosterone is a body-building steroid that builds mass. It builds mass over long term use of weeks, months, and even years.

    And, it's crazy to think that a Tour de France professional cyclist would be using testosterone, particularly in the middle of a race. It's a joke. Every sports medicine expert, physician, trainer, scientist that I've talked to in the last day really same opinion, no way, this is a joke. KING: Floyd, since it's happened to others, Lance Armstrong in particular, do you have any thoughts this might be an anti-American thing?

    LANDIS: You know I have to be careful not to speculate on that because I don't have any concrete evidence. This is circumstantial and I've met plenty of wonderful people in every country I've gone to. So, I'm cautious about saying things like that.

    KING: All right. Can alcohol raise -- he took some alcohol near the end can that raise testosterone?

    KAY: Well, I think that's been kind of a bit of a joke that people have been talking about but there are, in fact, a number of studies that show that alcohol definitely can have an effect on this, one study that shows it can actually triple the level but we're not speculating that that was the cause but certainly there's documentation in the scientific literature.

    KING: Could any of his medications, and you would know them, have affected that first test?

    KAY: I wouldn't have anticipated any to do so. We've talked to a number of experts who have voiced the same opinion. And, certainly his thyroid medication, he's been on that for a while, it's been stabile and we wouldn't anticipate that would have any -- any effect on it.

    KING: Floyd, you have a bad hip right? I understand you, in fact, may even get a hip replacement. If true, how are you able to continue racing?

    LANDIS: Oh, before this happened it was a full schedule of things to do without this but I'm a guy who doesn't turn down a challenge and I'm willing to fight this fight, first of all for my dignity and to show everybody that I am innocent.

    And, on top of that I love to race my bicycle and the hip thing was an unfortunate incident and it turned into something worse but, hey, we all have our battles to fight in life and you take what you get and you make the best of it.

    KING: Doesn't it hurt while you're racing?

    LANDIS: It does. The racing time is usually the best of it because the racing consumes my attention and there's adrenalin and there's excitement, so the pain is still there but it's not noticeable. The pain is more of an arthritis pain that's worse in the evening usually and aching pain from using it too much. It doesn't affect the outcome of the race in any way.

    KING: He's very strong isn't he, doctor?

    KAY: Oh, definitely.

    KING: Is that the plus in this with regard to the hip and the like that he could continue racing like this?

    KAY: Yes, definitely his high level of fitness but, like he says, cycling is not really a weight bearing type of activity. There's not a lot of pressure on the hip, a lot of motion but he's tolerated that relatively well. I think Floyd's bigger problems come with everyday living and sleeping and, you know, constant chronic pain.

    KING: What will it be like when he gets a new hip?

    KAY: I think it's going to be great and, you know, that's our big thing. That's what's next in line. And, you know, I think he's going to come through that great. We have some exciting, you know, new prosthesis that are out there and, you know, I anticipate a full return.

    KING: We have some e-mails from our website at cnn.com/larryking. Let's get to a few and then more in a couple minutes.

    Guy in San Luis Obispo, California says, "Floyd, is it correct to say that since you have been riding bicycles professionally that you have never used any banned substance?"

    LANDIS: Absolutely that is correct.

    KING: So, since that simply put if correct, Dr. Kay, how can he even get in a jam like this? How could there even be a false positive?

    KAY: Well, you know, I think the initial thing is that we have to see the B sample. We have to complete the testing process. That's a standard medical, you know, testing process.

    There is a long list of potential problems with this test. This is the original test that was designed and put into place 25 years ago and has not really been significantly altered during that time period.

    KING: Frankly, should it have been made clearer that this is a two-phase test and did we, the collective we, overreact to the first phase?

    KAY: Oh, for sure. You know the rules are that the rider is notified of an adverse analytical finding when there's an abnormality and then is able to have the B test confirmed. It's a standard thing in medicine and it should remain private but in this case, you know, I think it got out right after the Tour de France and there wasn't, you know, any hiding at the point.

    KING: We'll be right back with Floyd Landis, this year's winner, and Dr. Brent Kay, his physician. Don't go away.

    (VIDEO CLIP OF TOUR DE FRANCE)

    (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

    (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

    ARMSTRONG: It's always going to be a case of did he or didn't he, but it's always been a case of did he or didn't he. I mean, this is not the first time someone has come along and said, ah, he's doped, ah, he rode too fast, ah, his story is too miraculous. No way, he's doped.

    This has been going on for seven years, and I suspect it will continue. And I thought, you know what? I retire and I move on in life and perhaps this stuff will fade away, and boom, this comes along. So no, this is not the first or the last time.

    (END VIDEO CLIP)

    KING: That was Lance Armstrong on this program last August. Floyd, what do you make of what he had to say? He's there talking about himself?

    LANDIS: I spent three years of my life with Lance, and those three years were some of the best years of my career. I watched him win the Tour. We spent a lot of time together training. Everybody knows we had our little differences the following year, but we're back to being friends again, and I saw what he went through, and I didn't feel it because I hadn't been through it myself, but now I can relate. I see what the guy really had to deal with.

    KING: We have another e-mail from Tim in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. "Can you release or authorize the release of the actual document showing the test results, not only after stage 17 but others from the Tour and from before and after the Tour?"

    Floyd, could you authorize that?

    LANDIS: I don't know if I can, because I don't have the other tests in my possession. I don't have the actual test in which I was accused of having an abnormal reading. The team has a copy. I could get it.

    The other tests we're in the process of trying to acquire. Ordinarily, we don't receive any kind of correspondence from the testers unless there is a problem, so I have never in my life received any kind of results from the tests.

    KING: But Dr. Kay, would you have any problem releasing anything?

    KAY: No, I think we'd all like to see it, and you know, if you back with this test, what you're really looking to see is this ratio like the old East German numbers, 100 to one, the bodybuilders, or is it five to one or 10 to one. The ECR, the World Antidoping Association, I should say, has lowered this limit over the last few years from 10 to six to four, and that's just the inherent problem with the test.

    On the front page of the technical document on the World Antidoping Association Web site, to paraphrase, they basically say this is a poor test and has problems with inaccuracy.

    KING: Nicholas in Medford, New Jersey, an e-mail. "During past race day drug testing, has Floyd exhibited a pattern of normal but high testosterone levels? If not, what physiological explanation can account for the spike?" Doctor?

    KAY: Well, Floyd has been tested countless times. I think we talked about maybe 20 this year alone, and all you are given after those tests are negative results. He is normal. He has been normal on all the tests. So he's never received the documentation of the actual laboratory values. You're not entitled to those.

    KING: Should you be?

    KAY: So we've had those questions over and over. It would be nice to see them now, but I think that's their position.

    KING: Katie in Sayreville, New York, Floyd. "What's the opinion of your Mennonite parents about you being in the public eye, and do you enjoy the attention?

    LANDIS: That's sweet of her to ask, because those are some of the dearest people to my heart. And yesterday, I had to deal with a situation where there was a lot of press at my mother's house, and it hurt me a lot, because she lives a simple life, my father, that's the way they want to live, and it makes them happy and they don't deserve to deal with this.

    It wasn't my doing that brought this on them, but it was an incidental thing due to what happened to me that brings them into it. And I had a bit of an emotional conversation with my mom, because I felt awful about the situation.

    As far as me enjoying the attention? I could take it or leave it, but I certainly don't mind it.

    KING: You feel sorry for your parents?

    LANDIS: Now I'm OK. I felt much better after speaking with my mom, because she's tough, too. Both of them are tough, and they can handle it. But I think I felt worse just because of me, because I felt like they had to answer question that they didn't know how to answer, and they should never have been brought into this in the first place. And I blame the press more. It was partly my fault for not being available to talk, but I was trying to collect my thoughts. And so they went to the first people they can think of, and so be it, they went to my parents, and yeah, I felt bad, but they'll be OK.

    KING: I don't know every aspect of the Mennonite faith, but do they have television? Do they watch you win?

    LANDIS: They don't have a television. I grew up without a television or radio, other than the tape player. We had gospel songs and that kind of thing. But they watched the race. They went to some friend's house down the street, some neighbors, each day, and they got to see it. KING: Doctor, tell me about Floyd, the patient and the man?

    KAY: Well, Floyd is about as tough as they come. Having ridden a bike with him on a fairly regular basis in the last four years, I've seen that first hand. I've seen his training data. I've seen how hard he works. His training is legendary in the cycling area. This performance he had on this big stage to Morzine (ph) was not unexpected. He has training data that compares what he did that day, and the big thing with that performance today was that he was the only one who would do that on the first hill, the first of five hills. And you watched the other leaders there with him, they had the opportunity, perfectly capable of going, and they said no.

    But I think Floyd's big thing is he's honest, hardworking, a lot of integrity and ...

    KING: Is he the best bicyclist in the world today?

    KAY: Oh, without a doubt.

    KING: Thank you, Floyd. We'll be keeping close tabs on this.

    LANDIS: Thank you both, Brent and Larry.

    KING: Thank you. Floyd Landis, the winner of the Tour de France, and Dr. Brent Kay, his personal physician.

    By the way, Sheryl Crow will be our special guest on Monday night on LARRY KING LIVE.

    And when we come back, Rusty Yates. What a story. Don't go away.

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    ARLENE LANDIS, MOTHER: Floyd talked to me in a lot (inaudible) the media press that he's getting. But you know, the fact is that there's nothing proven, that anything is wrong with his test. He said this test is so irregular, and there's no reason why it wouldn't show up in other days he was riding if that was the fact. So I'm not concerned. I think God is allowing us to go through this as (inaudible).

    (END VIDEO CLIP)
     
  17. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    Thanks for that, Wicklow.

    I don't know how many posters here watched the 2006 Dauphine Libere.
    European fans would have seen it.
    Both Menchov and Landis were in a terrible state during it.
    In fact, Christophe Moreau, Leipheimer had a superb DL.

    As I saw the second half of the TDF, both Menchov and Landis's performances struck me as being a world away from what we witnessed at the DL.
     
  18. Bro Deal

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    Reading the interview I have to admit that I still like the guy. It is a blow to the sport that we won't him as a representative.
     
  19. whiteboytrash

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    I posted during the DL how there was a scene where Landis almost got off his bike and quit.... he was riding very slowly next to the team car and was waiting for the cameraman to go away so he could either stop or do something.... his form was a massive turn-around from the DL.... its all very strange....

    I was waiting for Larry King to ask about his form in the DL but it didn't come... ;)

     
  20. limerickman

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    Yeah, dear old Larry - reminds me of the Monty Pyhton sketch and the Spanish Inquisition "Torture by comfy chair".
     
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