Eusebio Unzue, Caisse d'Epargne's directeur sportif, has commented on the Floyd Landis case, which may well see his rider Oscar Pereiro claim the 2006 Tour de France victory. But Unzue wasn't celebrating just yet, telling EFE, "Oscar Pereiro will not feel like the Tour of France winner until the UCI confirmation. It's true that Oscar Pereiro has a hundred percent chance to be the Tour winner, but that is a long process".
Unzue also commented on the damage to Pereiro and his team, who will not gain the full benefit of a Tour victory, even a retrospectively awarded one. "I do not want to speak too much, but it is clear that nobody is going to repay us the damage caused by this," he said. "This Tour had served to recover the pure image of cycling that was lost, and to certify its health, after hard times which are better forgotten."
Finally, Unzue stressed that, "350 controls have taken place in the Tour, and only Landis' one was positive."
Courtesy of Antonio J. Salmeron
Cyclingnews' coverage of the Floyd Landis case
September 28, 2008 - Landis takes case to US federal court
September 10, 2008 - Landis signing with current Health Net-Maxxis team for 2009
July 1, 2008 - CAS delivers final blow to Landis legal challenge
June 30, 2008 - Landis loses final appeal
June 28, 2008 - Landis decision due Monday
March 12, 2008 - Landis' judgment day nears
October 21, 2007 - Landis files appeal with CAS
October 18, 2007 - AFLD takes another look at Landis case
Thursday, October 11 - Landis continues fight, appeals to CAS
Saturday, September 22 - UCI officially names Pereiro 2006 Tour champion, Landis case raises issues
Friday, September 21 - Landis' appeal denied, two year suspension levied