After my post last

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After my post last Saturday trumpeting Floyd Landis’ amazing performance in the Tour de France, I can’t exactly ignore his failed drug test this week, as much as I’d like to ignore the test, the Tour, and the entire sport from this point forward.

There are those, including Landis himself, warning against a rush to judgment. Fine. We’ll wait and see, though Landis himself expects his B sample to show the same elevated ratio of testosterone, at which point he will be stripped of his win in the Tour. As I understand it, the definitive test will be an analysis of whether the testosterone in his system was natural or synthetic, a test which may not be completed for some time.

Yeah, that’s what I love about the Tour: alpine vistas, fields of lavender, and carbon isotope ratios.

I think I’ll dull my pain with something French and authentic, like a bottle of Pernod.

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