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July 24, 2010

Landis hits the airwaves

Filed under: racing — Tags: , — Roger @ 2:06 pm

In case you missed it last night, ABC’s “Nightline” featured an exclusive interview with Floyd Landis about his doping allegations against Lance Armstrong.

Above is a summary of the story aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” You can see four  segments from the “Nightline” program at the show’s website.

Landis repeated many of the allegations he made in an interview published three weeks ago in The Wall Street Journal before the start of the Tour de France.

Armstrong and his camp deny the allegations.

“Landis is a confessed perjurer and he is a liar, and I think, as Lance said … when you taste milk to see if it’s sour, you take a first taste and you don’t have to drink the whole carton to know it’s all sour,” attorney Tim Herman said on the program.

The “Nightline” story also includes an interview with Emma O’Reilly, the former U.S. Postal Service staff member who said she saw evidence of drug use by U.S. Postal riders, but never saw Armstrong take illegal drugs.

Also interviewed was Betsy Andreu, the wife of former Armstrong teammate Frankie Andreu. She discussed her court deposition in which she said Armstrong told cancer doctors in their presence in 1996 he had doped with EPO, growth hormone and steroids.

As for today’s racing, Armstrong finished in 67th place in today’s Stage 19 time trial from Bordeaux to Pauillac. He was 7 minutes, 5 second behind stage winner  Fabian Cancellara.

Nevertheless, Armstrong and his Team RadioShack teammates will be making a trip to the podium Sunday.  RadioShack has wrapped up the team competition, holding a 9:15 lead over French team Caisse D’Epargne.

For all practical purposes, Alberto Contador clinched his second straight Tour de France title. Although Contador finished a disappointing 35th in the time trial, he still managed to increase his overall lead over Andy Schleck to 39 seconds.

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