Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Day 7: The Floyd Landis Hearing

Here's a brief look at Day 7 of the Bad Boy Floyd hearing:

HIGHLIGHTS: News that Landis' former manager, Will Geoghegan, was checking into a rehab facility did nothing to diminish the sometimes-sleazy feeling of this hearing. And this from Wolfram Meier-Augenstein, an expert testifying for Landis: "I'm terribly sorry, but if someone's life depends on it, his career depends on it, you don't go on assumptions."

LOWLIGHTS: Landis was supposed to be cross-examined, but other witnesses held that up. Now, he'll be on the stand Tuesday.

SCHEDULING, AND RESCHEDULING: After thinking they wouldn't get to closing arguments by Wednesday, the sides agreed they could, indeed, finish things up by the deadline, which means they won't have to reconvene at a later date.

CHEMICAL REACTIONS: According to a primer from the University of Colorado chemistry department, retention time "is the time it takes for a compound to travel from the injection port to the detector" on a gas chromatography machine. Errant retention times in the testing done on Landis' urine samples were a big part of his argument that the tests were faulty. Where WADA rules call for no gap of more than 1 percent or plus-minus 0.2 minutes between different tests performed on the machines, Landis produced data showing gaps of 6 percent and up to eight minutes.

TUESDAY'S WITNESSES: Landis for cross-examination by USADA attorneys; Landis expert Simon Davis.

MORE:
-- Fox News:
Tour de France Champ Landis' Testimony Centers on Fired Manager
-- Cycling News: Landis makes Stage 7 comback
-- Pro Cycling: Landis takes the stand
-- The Guardian: Former Telekom rider tells of systematic EPO use in 90s
-- San Jose Mercury News: Landis case a wild ride, and will get wilder
-- VeloNews: Doctors question lab's findings in Landis case
-- San Jose Mercury News: Killion says Landis sees peril in going public
-- ABC12.com: Landis hearing costs could reach more than $1 million

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Day 7: The Floyd Landis Hearing

Here's a brief look at Day 7 of the Bad Boy Floyd hearing:

HIGHLIGHTS: News that Landis' former manager, Will Geoghegan, was checking into a rehab facility did nothing to diminish the sometimes-sleazy feeling of this hearing. And this from Wolfram Meier-Augenstein, an expert testifying for Landis: "I'm terribly sorry, but if someone's life depends on it, his career depends on it, you don't go on assumptions."

LOWLIGHTS: Landis was supposed to be cross-examined, but other witnesses held that up. Now, he'll be on the stand Tuesday.

SCHEDULING, AND RESCHEDULING: After thinking they wouldn't get to closing arguments by Wednesday, the sides agreed they could, indeed, finish things up by the deadline, which means they won't have to reconvene at a later date.

CHEMICAL REACTIONS: According to a primer from the University of Colorado chemistry department, retention time "is the time it takes for a compound to travel from the injection port to the detector" on a gas chromatography machine. Errant retention times in the testing done on Landis' urine samples were a big part of his argument that the tests were faulty. Where WADA rules call for no gap of more than 1 percent or plus-minus 0.2 minutes between different tests performed on the machines, Landis produced data showing gaps of 6 percent and up to eight minutes.

TUESDAY'S WITNESSES: Landis for cross-examination by USADA attorneys; Landis expert Simon Davis.

MORE:
-- Fox News:
Tour de France Champ Landis' Testimony Centers on Fired Manager
-- Cycling News: Landis makes Stage 7 comback
-- Pro Cycling: Landis takes the stand
-- The Guardian: Former Telekom rider tells of systematic EPO use in 90s
-- San Jose Mercury News: Landis case a wild ride, and will get wilder
-- VeloNews: Doctors question lab's findings in Landis case
-- San Jose Mercury News: Killion says Landis sees peril in going public
-- ABC12.com: Landis hearing costs could reach more than $1 million

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