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Pound casts doubt on Landis; Tour winner hits back

By:
Shane Stokes
Published:
January 09, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 19:48 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for January 9, 2007
Richard Pound has been a controversial WADA chairman

Richard Pound has been a controversial WADA chairman

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By Shane Stokes Applauded by some for his directness, criticised by others for blasting athletes...

Controversial WADA chief speaks about doping cases in sport

By Shane Stokes

Applauded by some for his directness, criticised by others for blasting athletes prior to an official guilty judgement, Dick Pound furthered his outspoken and controversial reputation over the weekend. The WADA chairman was quoted extensively in a large feature in the New York Times, and has caused waves with a sceptical - and somewhat unusual - assessment of Floyd Landis's Tour de France ride.

"He was 11 minutes behind or something, and all of the sudden there's this Herculean effort, where he's going up mountains like he's on a goddamn Harley," Pound told journalist Michael Sokolove. "It's a great story. Wonderful. But if it seems too good to be true, it probably is."

"I mean, it was 11 to 1!" he continued, referring to the reported testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio in Landis' positive sample. "You'd think he'd be violating every virgin within 100 miles. How does he even get on his bicycle?"

When contacted for a response to the quote, Landis and his defence team blasted the comment and said that it backed up their assertions that Pound is not acting in an impartial manner.

For the full article, including the Tour winner's response to Pound, click here.

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