By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor
Phonak's Floyd Landis talked with reporters yesterday afternoon via a teleconference from his happily undisclosed location in a hotel room in Paris. One of the most popular topics was that of his upcoming hip surgery, and how he thinks it will affect next year. "What I am trying to do is not fix the mechanical problem, it is trying to fix the pain," Landis explained. "Mechanically it works now, it is just that the pain can be unbearable."
Landis said that he is confident he will be able to return to racing in time for next season, and that the thought of this ending his racing career has entered his mind. "What is going to take time is that I will have to stop riding for a while, and whatever fitness or muscle loss will be what I will have to overcome. Yeah, I would be sad if it was over now. I love racing my bike. I can say that having won the Tour I am a little more calm about it."