Can't figure out this Floyd Landis deal.....
"The owner of Floyd Landis' former cycling team will shut down operations at the end of the year, citing continuing doping issues within the sport and an inability to sell the team."
As the world around Floyd Landis crumbles, the positive test results remain puzzling. The media has reported that Landis tested positive due to the the unnacceptable ratio between testosterone and epitestosterone. It has also been reported that synthetic testosterone was present. Clearly, the presence of synthetic testosterone indicates that his levels were elevated due to hormones his body didn't produce. That is easy to understand. The puzzling part is this: He claims to have passed drug tests on seven other occasions during this summer's Tour de France. Additionally, I believe it has been reported that he passed tests after Stage 17. That would mean, that if Floyd did take steroids, it would have been the day before that Stage 17, and since they were out of his system quickly, it would indicate he took a short ester testosterone (probably a quick acting oral or test suspension) that quickly cleared his system. But WHY?
We all know the various performance enhancing benefits of steroids: packing on muscle mass, gaining strength and power, faster recovery times, etc. Knowing this, the question of WHY? arises again. Why would a cyclist be using this? Particularly for ONE day. The performance enhancing benefits that we are familiar with from the juice are not benefits that can be derived from a one time usage, nor are they benefits that would be particularly necessary for a guy in what is essentially an endurance event.
With this in mind, it does make one wonder if something sketchy actually did take place. The one time use of testosterone for a race like this just doesn't seem like something that a cyclist would be prone to do. Particularly in a sport in which doping is such a science.
The only benefit that comes to mind, in reviewing the particulars of this situation, is that certain short ester tests (which clear the system quickly) are often used by athletes to increase aggression. It is not uncommon for fighters and boxers (and even powerlifters) to use old fashioned "cheque drops" (if they can find them), methyl testosterone or even Halotestin (among other compounds) the day of a fight or competition.
So, the reality of the situation is: the only REAL benefits that Floyd would derive out of using the type of steroid that it appears he used, would be an increase in aggressiveness.
This really is an interesting situation. Those who understand performance enhancing drugs should truly be scratching their heads about this. The possibility of fowl play, based on the inadequate reasoning of using steroids for one day during the tour by a guy in a sport ruled by advanced doping techniques, shouldn't be so quickly eliminated.