Thursday, August 10, 2006

I Want to Believe

Things aren't looking good at all for Floyd Landis. His back up sample also tested positive for unusual levels of hormones. For clarification, the test actually detects the ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone, not absolute levels. Normally, a man has a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio; however, a ratio of up to 4:1 is allowed by cycling authorities. Landis' results: 11:1.

Landis offers a five-pronged explanation to account for these suspicious findings:
1) Dehydration
2) Cortisone he was taking for his necrotic hip
3) Consumption of beer and Jack Daniels
4) Thyroid medication
5) His overwhelming, totally awesome, natural manliness

I am in no position to judge the validity of his defense, but I leave you with this Landis-inspired product from the Onion.


Anonymous said...

Although higher than "normal", I have heard that it isn't really that high compared to, say, a body builder.

I have also heard reports, though, that tests have shown Landis' testosterone to be not only high but also synthetic.

UnrulyDuckling said...

The international cycling body, the UCI, has released a statement that synthetic testosterone was found in Landis' system, but they haven't released the actual data (as far as I know since last week) so their assertions can be confirmed. However, the consensus seems to be that the test performed is reliable and the results are very damning.