PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Landis hearing scheduled for May 14 By Gary Boulanger During a 90-minute conference call from New York today, members of the Floyd Landis Fairness Fund discussed in detail the scientific findings of his associate and former coach, Dr. Arnie Baker. It was also announced that Landis’s United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) hearing is scheduled for May 14, 2007, nearly 10 months after Landis tested positive for a high testosterone:epitestosterone ratio during the last Tour de France. After brief introductions by Michael Henson, executive director of the Floyd Fairness Fund and a communications consultant to Landis, and Brian Rafferty, chairman of the Floyd Fairness Fund advisory board, Dr. Baker, a longtime associate and former coach of Landis, walked the listening journalists through a 44-page slide presentation of his scientific findings based on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules and policies. Baker addressed issues pertaining to fairness and ethics relative both to Landis’s case and the current anti-doping system in general. Arguments included:
- Best practice and WADA positivity criteria were not met
- There were significant errors in analysis and outcome
- The sample analysed was contaminated
- WADA approved procedures are unreliable and illogical
This was the same presentation made by Dr. Baker during the 2006 El Tour de Tuscon, and there were no new revelations today. In related news, Tyler Hamilton (Tinkoff Credit Systems), who just one year ago had his two-year racing ban upheld by the Court for Arbitration in Sport through September 23, 2006, returned to international racing yesterday and finished in the group at the GP d’Ouverture La Marseillaise. The 126km race from Gardanne to Luminy near Marseille officially opened the 2007 European racing season. Hamilton is also taking part in his first European stage race since 2004: the five-day Etoile de Bessges on Wednesday. Besseges: first blow to Furlan Angelo Furlan (Crdit Agricole) has triumphed in the first stage of the Etoile des Bessges, 148.2 km between Pzenas and Palavas-Les-Flots. The Italian beat Briton Mark Cavendish (T-Mobile) and Italian Ruggero Marzoli (Tinkoff) in a bunch sprint. The riders had to cope varying weather conditions, including rain, hail and sun. The stage was very aggressive, but unlike yesterday’s GP d’Ouverture, no groups were able to escape. The peloton hit the three laps of the three kilometre finishing circuit as one group, with Unibet.com – racing in its normal jerseys – trying to get its sprinters into position to win the stage. But in the end, it was Furlan who prevailed over Cavendish and Marzoli. Furlan will wear the leader’s jersey in tomorrow’s second stage between Nmes and Saint-Ambroix, over 155 km. Results 1 Angelo Furlan (Ita, Crdit Agricole) 2 Mark Cavendish (GBr, T-Mobile) 3 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita, Tinkoff Credit Systems) General classification after stage 1 1 Angelo Furlan (Ita, Crdit Agricole) What Sean Yates said If you missed today’s live forum chat with Discovery Channel team director Sean Yates, you can click here to view the entire thread. Sean answered a number of reader questions, ranging from ‘how highly did you rate Sean Kelly?’ to ‘who do you think will win this year’s Tour?’. The answer to the latter: “Basso will win this year, its a done deal. He needs to so I have a job next year.” Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.