Confusion on Floyd Landis’ Status Continues

by strbuk on April 6, 2009 · 5 comments

in Floyd Landis, News and Views

Conflicting reports continue on Floyd Landis’ comeback status. At Redlands, mechanicals were listed as one reason he withdrew, but “illness” was also hinted at by OUCH.

The Press Telegram yesterday added to the confusion by noting that Floyd was supposed to be at the Long Beach Bicycle Festival crits, but had to withdraw due to a lingering injury sustained in Mexico.

Floyd’s own teammate John Murphy said Floyd was absent due to “sponsor obligations”:

Murphy rides for a team called OUCH. He was supposed to have with him on the course teammate Floyd Landis – the 2006 Tour De France winner who was stripped of that title for alleged doping – but Murphy said Landis couldn’t make it because of sponsorship duties.

But wait:

Earlier in the day, race director Mark Bixby said he was under the impression Landis would not race because he had sustained an injury in last month’s Vuelta Mexico.

So…what is it, illness, injury, or “sponsor obligations”?

In the meantime Floyd tweeted this weekend that he planned on competing at the Dana Point Grand Prix the weekend of April 25, 26th. As far as we know he will also compete  with OUCH at Battenkill the week before. Stay tuned…

Nice to see Floyd looking so happy signing autographs for OUCH at the Redlands Classic.

In other news, is the AFLD on a witch hunt? LA might think so, you decide.

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Thomas A. Fine April 6, 2009 at 8:44 am

There’s no conflict. Q: If he’s got an injury, where is he obligated to go? A: his sponsor.

Hey, that’s pretty good, I’m gonna go tweet that.

strbuk April 6, 2009 at 9:24 am

YOU should get a PR job with OUCH my friend!! LOL

str

Thomas A. Fine April 6, 2009 at 11:01 am

Who was the source that said he dropped out of Redlands due to illness?

And just to add to the confusion the alleged Real floyd twitter account posted that he and (some of) the team would be at Dana Point Grand Prix, but the OUCH website schedule says they’re due to be in Georgia then.

Don’t worry, I’ll stay on the case, as no doubt this is just the tip of the iceberg and underneath we’ll find hookers and drugs and politicians and bribe money.

Oh, maybe I shouldn’t take that PR job with OUCH…

tom

strbuk April 6, 2009 at 11:48 am

LOL I included the source of the illness at Redlands comment above, click on the link and you’ll know as much as I do about it. Also, just because Floyd says HE will be at Dana Point doesn’t mean the rest of the team needs to be as well. Heck one OUCH team member won in CA this weekend and another was at some crits in Philly.

str

Rant April 7, 2009 at 9:24 am

What I want to know is which witch is which? 😉

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