The first Tour de France that I really watched and cared about was 2006, and it was great. It was the first Tour that Lance wasn't a part of and we had a strong American that might win and make it 8 straight American Tour wins.

The Tour was close, and then Floyd had a bad day and lost a lot of time. The next day he came back with an incredible ride and made up a lot of the time he lost. Then he won the time trial and took the yellow jersey and won the race. It was dramatic and very fun to watch.

Then, he failed a doping test and was accused of using testosterone. He denied it, fought it and this went on for years. He filed appeals, lost his battle in court twice and still vehemently denied he cheated. I'm pretty sure he even wrote a book.

A few months after he won the Tour, right in the midst of his doping scandal, I had a chance to go for a group ride with him. I thought it was pretty cool, and really wanted to believe he was clean. He was a really nice guy. Nice guys don't cheat, right?

There I was sitting on the wheel of the winner of the Tour de France thinking working in the bike industry was a great thing. I thought it would be a story I might tell for a long time. I don't tell anyone about it....ever. Riding with Floyd is nothing to be proud of.

Now, years later he admits to doping: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703691804575255410855...

This man is so clearly starved for attention. Now that no one cares anymore about his claims of not doping, he decides to come clean (so to speak). And when does he do it? In the midst of the biggest stage race in the United States. And even worse, he's trying to drag Lance down with him. Misery loves company, I guess.

I don't know if Lance is clean or not, but I do know that Lance has been tested more than any other athlete and he hasn't failed a test yet. Until he does....

I think this is my favorite line from the article: In the emails, he expressed frustration about the inability of antidoping officials to clean up the sport.

Really, Floyd? You're frustrated they can't clean up the sport? This reminds me of the episode of Seinfeld when George refuses to date a girl because she's bald and Elaine says to George, "...YOU'RE BALD."

Floyd, just do us all a favor and sink into obscurity and stop trying to drag others down with you.

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Comment by Rick Baldwin on May 21, 2010 at 12:08am
Don't remember where I read/heard this, essentially; reputation is what you do when you know you're being watched, character is what you do when no one is watching. Many sport celebs don't get the connection and feel they can simply "damage-control" their way around personal stumbles. Floyd's timing with his coming clean moment speaks volumes regarding his inability to see past his own nose.
Comment by Ron Hill on May 20, 2010 at 11:09pm
My theory on why pros use drugs -> money. In the not so distant past, pro athletes made nothing and usually had to work normal jobs in the off season to make ends meet. They were like us for the most part, loved the sport for the sport. Then came the money... whether from corporations or cable deals or endorsements, the sports world is awash with money. We are a society (US) that likes to be entertained and we will pay gobs of money for the entertainment. Most sports are no longer truly sports, they are vehicles to sell us something. Look at the advertising in ballparks and stadiums around the US, corporate names are everywhere. Cycling isn't much different. With the money comes the increased competition for the money and with competition comes cheating. It's probably always been in pro sport to some degree at the fringes but now it's pervasive; the stakes are higher.

I think Landis is a tool. Unfortunately, I think him and others caught in any cheating scandal represent our (US) society as a whole. We see it in the corporate world, politics whether local or national, and within our own communities. So, many of us watched Landis win, starred in disbelief when he was accused, yelled "innocent" with him along the way, and now shake our heads as he finally comes clean. Replace Landis with a name in many other cheating scandals over the last 20 years and it's the same story. Every time we're duped we go down the "hero" road, and every time someone comes along and sells us the goods on the next "hero". Some of us finally learn and move on but too many of us buy the goods and continue to feed the monster. Cheating scandals should equal boycotts of affected sports and the sponsors that support them as ultimately it is the people making the money that allow it to continue (and there's plenty to go around). Until that happens, Landis will simply be replaced by the next headline......
Comment by John Adams on May 20, 2010 at 6:06pm
This is really sad news. Not that it is a huge surprise, but it implicates Armstrong as well. I don't think Lance will ever own up to it even if he has doped. I hope he hasn't. I just wish there were more heroes we could cheer on for their pure athletic ability! True character is something which cannot be bought but can be sold cheaply. I am really bummed. So many deny their accusations so vehemently only to cave in to the truth later. Everyone makes mistakes, but when your character goes gets flushed, it ends up in the same place with everything else that is flushed! Sad, sad indeed.
Comment by Robert Key on May 20, 2010 at 1:58pm
I remember when I finally came clean and admitted to being on roids (Hemmorhoids that is).
Comment by Michael Abbott on May 20, 2010 at 12:20pm
it's gotta be tough for athletes at the very very top of the professional level....
for someone in age group or regional levels of competition its rubbish but in track and field for example, there was a time when you had no way in hell of being competitive unless you were using along with 90% of the rest of field.....

Cycling I've heard is the same way, HGH, EPO, blood doping etc, they all had there time and it must of be tough to compete and resist when your clean but know a huge amount of your competitors are not!!

Floyds actions are just crap, if you're caught just cop it on the chin like Marion Jones!!
Comment by Amy on May 20, 2010 at 11:27am
Like I said on Facebook, I'll say it here too....STOP DOPING BUTTHEADS AND ENJOY YOUR SPORT! Don't bring it into ours please!!!!

I never have, never will understand or tolerate those that dope to get ahead. Happy "clean" training ya'll!
Comment by Jim Ristow on May 20, 2010 at 11:11am
He reminds me of all the "sports stars" we place on a pedestal. We like to believe there are good stories out in the world, whether it is baseball, basketball, football and so on. But everytime there has been a good story it generally is followed by some bad story, whether it be steriods, drugs, sex scandals and so on. Not to say that the sport we love and is dear to our hearts hasn't had it share, but I turn to the everyday joe or jane and they are my hereo's. I find more inspiration from the people finding health and fitness and watching their journey's than I do the over price athlete. Don't get me wrong I still hold out hope that there are some good stories in sports still out there (Albert Pujols comes to mind) but you just never know when they may get caught. Sad!
Comment by Justin Golden on May 20, 2010 at 11:01am
Yes my favorite part of the article is where Landis admits to doing all those PED's but not in the 2006 TDF he won.

Atta boy Floyd. You are a vindictive and spiteful individual and I look forward to an even greater fall into obscurity. I do not believe you, nor do I want to.
Comment by mab169 on May 20, 2010 at 10:20am
WOW! Some people are just desperate to keep their name in the spotlight whatever the reason. I've always admired Lance Armstrong for overcoming his cancer & winning 7 Tour De France's - I hope he has never cheated the system. Alexis I agree with you - your character is definitely what defines your reputation so if you'd cheated why not admit to it & take the punsihment like everyone who gets caught cheating, apologize & then move on. Too be honest - I'd completely forgotten about this guy, now I can see why!
Comment by Joe_h on May 20, 2010 at 10:16am
until recently he was being framed: http://ouchmedicalcenter.com/floyd

I remember that ride floyd did. I had friends calling me telling to stop everything and watch it. it was amazing!

he can suck it. every time I get ready to forgive and get back to it something like thish happens. I'm done w/ pro cycling.

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