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Landis remark reveals emotion

by Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

At a cycling safety awareness event last weekend in Madison, Wisconsin, Floyd Landis made a provocative comment regarding his current case and the UCI. "I'm going to do everything I can to bring down the UCI," said Landis to the Capital Times.

"It was emotionally charged comment, and was made about the broader current state of affairs," Landis' spokesman Michael Henson told Cyclingnews. "Floyd perceives some deep systematic issues with the UCI. He feels that the system is not healthy, that the system [which] is supposed to protect the rights of the athletes is not healthy."

While it is no secret that Landis is no fan of the UCI and its handling of his situation, his comments are a step-up in terms of rhetoric.

"The UCI has not protected his own rights and that is nothing new," said Henson. "Floyd says he sees a lot of people calling out problems, but not offering solutions. He certainly has strong opinions as to the need for change."

On another note, Henson said Landis has ridden for the first time outside on an actual bike. "He has started riding [outside] again, and he is focusing on the case and training."

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.