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Jul 25, 2006

Floyd Landis on Rare Experience

Michaelbarry_2"Landis took note of the approach he learned in his years riding for Armstrong’s United States Postal Service team, which is now sponsored by the Discovery Channel. The objective was always to win the Tour, and the method was to believe the team could do it.

Landis said, 'It was an experience not many people have, to see a team work together and spend absolutely 100 percent of the time and energy believing that it’s a possibility.'"

-- Gritted Teeth Give Way to Smile for Landis in Paris by Edward Wyatt, New York Times, 24 July 2006

"The quote at the end" is one of my favorite parts of every good newspaper article.  In minor articles, the quote is often just a quirky treat.  But in major articles, the quote often lights the subject from a special, different angle from the preceding paragraphs.

There's much that I love about the above article's close. 

I love how the NYTimes writer picked a quote that refers not to this year's remarkable race but to the work of his previous team (in which Landis was not the star). 

And I love how Landis speaks humbly not about himself but about the specialness of the experience. 

And lastly, I love that Landis helps me remember that rich experiences borne out of committed interdependence are rare jewels -- to be appreciated and hoped for.


USPS team photo copyright Matt Wood at Veloprints.com. Used with permission.

08:50 AM in Quotables | Permalink


Another Landis quote you'll love from an interview with Dave Zabriskie:

DZ - I grew up as a non-Mormon in the heart of Utah, you grew up as a Mennonite in Lancaster, PA. Which of us had the stranger childhood?

FL - Based on the outcome, I'd say it was you.

Posted by: timmy | Jul 26, 2006 9:00:16 PM

Fifteen months later -- well dang:

Pereiro finally gets his hands on 2006 yellow jersey

By Simon Baskett

MADRID, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Spaniard Oscar Pereiro finally got his hands on the 2006 Tour de France winner's yellow jersey at a special ceremony in Madrid on Monday.

Fifteen months after the race finished, the 30-year-old was officially recognised the winner after American Floyd Landis had been stripped of victory for testing positive for synthetic testosterone.

"We all wanted this story to come to an end, the wait was interminable, very frustrating and at times I thought the Tour de France had something personal against me," the Caisse d'Epargne rider told reporters at the headquarters of the Spanish Sports Council.

"I now realise the Tour organisers had to wait for a resolution. This is a very important day for me and I'm not going to ruin it by thinking about any appeal."

Landis said last Wednesday he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the doping case which has also cost him a two-year ban. Pereiro held the yellow jersey for five days but was overhauled as leader when Landis staged an incredible comeback towards the end of the race.

It later emerged his former team mate had failed a doping test but runner-up Pereiro was not awarded victory until a lengthy investigation by the American Arbitration Association ended last month.


"I feel sorry for him," said Pereiro. "He was disqualified after the biggest triumph of his life and won't be able to enjoy it. But as a sportsman you have to stick to the rules."

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said Pereiro was the definitive winner.

"At last we have a winner. It has been too long for Oscar Pereiro, his team and for Spain and too long for the Tour de France but the story has finally come to an end," he said.

"You can now take your place in the hall of fame alongside your illustrious countrymen who have won the Tour."

Pereiro is the sixth Spaniard to win the Tour after Federico Bahamontes, Luis Ocana, Pedro Delgado, Miguel Indurain and 2007 winner Alberto Contador.

Spain's sports minister Jaime Lissavetzky said Landis's disqualification was a victory in the battle against doping.

"We need to separate those who play dirty from those who play clean," he said. "We have been waiting to settle a debt with Oscar Pereiro and now it has been done.

"Cycling needs to hear some good news and this is a message that will help combat some of the disappointments it has endured."

Updated on Monday, Oct 15, 2007 2:26 pm, EDT

Posted by: Phil | Oct 15, 2007 3:11:21 PM