Twenty three months, give or take. That’s how long it’s been since the accusations against Floyd Landis first blew up in the media. Twenty three months, and still no final resolution. In just a short while (as I write this), it will be two months since lawyers for Landis and for USADA were supposed to file their final arguments or proposed findings of fact, following the CAS hearings held in New York City during the month of March.
As far as I know, there’s been no word yet when the Landis decision will be announced. The CAS hasn’t sent out any press releases (yet) announcing when their announcement will be made. In the Gatlin case and others, they have been diligent about letting the media know when a ruling would occur.
Eventually, we will find out what the three panel members have to say. Will they uphold the original panel’s decision, or will they overturn it? Or, will they find a novel way of crafting a decision from which both sides can declare victory? No one knows — perhaps not even the three members of the CAS panel.
Meanwhile, the 2008 Tour de France will be starting in two and a half weeks. Will the Landis decision come before then? Will he finally know his fate? Hard to say. Were I a betting man, I’d be inclined to bet against any ruling coming out before the Tour begins. I hope, however, that I’m wrong.
Somewhere out there, Floyd Landis finds time to ride a bike, and to compete in the NUE series. Although, apparently he didn’t make it to the Lumberjack 100 in Michigan this past weekend. Given the flooding and rains in this part of the country, I wouldn’t blame him for staying away. Perhaps, some have suggested, he injured his hip (which one?) in a crash at the Mohican 100 a couple of weeks ago. I hope not, because that’s probably about the last thing he needs — another injured hip.
Things are quiet on the Landis-watch. Too quiet.
Wherever he is, and whatever he’s doing, I hope Floyd Landis is getting some good rides in, and that he’s able to keep his mind off the interminable wait. The waiting is, as Tom Petty once said, the hardest part.
Twenty three months is too long. How much longer will it go?