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Date: Sat Jul 22 5:41 AM, 2006
Eight straight for the Yanks?
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Hey any Tour fans? How about it? Think the Americans can pull off another Tour? If you follow the race this has got to be the craziest Tour on record, the jersey changed hands so many times who knows who's winning. Landis has to be licking his chops tonight. 

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Date: Sat Jul 22 9:22 AM, 2006
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Hi Michael,
Have to admit that i know next to nothing about the tour, but this Landis guy is a machine :)

'Landis stages the greatest one-day comeback of the modern Tour'.

Landis comeback

Hari

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Date: Sat Jul 22 11:09 AM, 2006
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The Tour de France is what we hear about over here with regards to cycling in the sporting calender, mostly on the news.


Where is this Tour happening? Has it started? Is the US the Favorites? I think it must be the Tour de France as there can't be another one going on at the same time???


Would like to hear more about it... i used to be a mean cyclist at one time... you know... thats racing local kids in the neighbourhood races! (and to note i was a kid at the time also


I remember i used to fall off alot and bent up quite a few cycles! (mostly other kids ) ahh those was the days!



-- Edited by QuintriX at 12:44, 2006-07-22

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Date: Sun Jul 23 7:42 PM, 2006
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Great win for Landis!!! looks like the Americans have a very firm grip on the tour... exciting stuff!!

Hari

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Date: Sat Aug 5 6:44 PM, 2006
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Tour de France Winner Tests Positive For Dope
Posted 7/27/2006 06:36 PM





Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, who has ties to the Mountain State, tested positive for high levels of testosterone.

Story by Gabe Gutierrez ( Email | Bio ) and The Associated Press

He raced in the "24 Hours of Canaan" race in 1994 and 1995. He was also a regular guest instructor at bike camps at Snowshoe Mountain.

Last week, the Pennsylvania native rallied to win the Tour de France.

His title is now in jeopardy. Floyd Landis tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the Tour de France.

The news has rocked the cycling world. "All of them have to do something to be competitive with each other," says Joey Riddle, a local mountain Biker. "And it's pretty sad that it's come to that."

Joey Riddle competed with Landis back in the mid-'90s here in West Virginia. Riddle now works at a bike shop in Elkins. But he's followed his former rival's career. "He was definitely very competitive, even with the older adult racers, so everyone knows that he was probably something special," Riddle remembers.

But Riddle has little sympathy for cheaters. He has a sticker on his bike that reads: "Dopers Suck".

"It makes those of us who don't cheat, it makes it harder to find sponsorship," he says.

Landis still has his supporters, though.

"I remain positive that he's a man of honor, and he's not been proven guilty yet," says his mother, Arlene Landis.

But for Riddle, it's just another major blow for the cycling world.

Even Landis himself talked about the sport's anti-doping efforts the day before winning the tour.

"In this sport, I think it's clear we've proved that we do more than any other sport to try and prevent doping and to try to solve the problem," Landis said. "For that reason, we have a reputation that doesn't seem to want to go away."

And unless a second test proves otherwise, that reputation may not go away for a long time.

Landis's cycling team has suspended him, pending a test on a backup sample. If the second sample confirms the finding, he'll be fired.



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