Floyd Landis has no class.
Four years after being stripped of the yellow jersey as the winner of the 2006 Tour de France, Landis finally came clean on his illegal doping during that race.
Talk about tardy.
Okay, better late than never. But then in the midst of Landis’ written admission, his comments strayed from the discussion of his own doping, his four years of denial, and the wrenching moment when he recently admitted the lies to his parents. Landis left that part of his long-awaited confession to make specific and direct accusations about similar doping by his teammate, one Lance Armstrong, better known as the best fundraiser ever to battle cancer and win seven Tours.
Landis’ statements may be just one more fluttering attempt to derail the Armstrong juggernaut, but his spot on Armstrong’s team undoubtedly provided him with access to the alleged refrigerator filled with bags of clean blood.
Now the questions will arise. Did that blood fool the legions of fans who followed the legendary story of Lance Armstrong, his muted attempts to win at The Tour, his agonizing bout with cancer, and a comeback so famously colossal that it may never be repeated on such a scale during our lifetime? For now we must give Lance the benefit of the doubt.
As for Floyd Landis, whose own victory in the 2006 Tour appeared heroic, he has made us doubt that deep-seated belief that impossible goals are somehow attainable. Facing humiliating exposure, he lied. Then four years later, rather than demonstrate a modicum of dignity, he chose to take a teammate down along with him.
Maybe he should give Jose Canseco a call. They probably have a lot to talk about.