Floyd Landis: Lying by the book and accusing Lance Armstrong

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of doping -- is a sad coda to his fall from the 2006 Tour de France win.

published in 2007, Landis took a defiant stand, saying he was innocent of the doping accusations and victim of cycling's establishment. The publisher described the book this way: "Floyd Landis details the highs and lows of his career with unabashed honesty. It is this same honesty with which he will clear his name once and for all ... and finally lays to rest the scandal that threatened to destroy everything he's worked so hard to achieve." And that tone is clear, from the the book's opening words: "I have nothing to hide."

Well, apparently, he did. And today's news gives new meaning to his book's title. If I had shelled out $24.95 for the book, I'd be calling Simon & Schuster to demand my money back.

I hope the scandal doesn't reach Armstrong, who wrote about his battle with cancer and return to cycling in the compelling book, "It's Not About the Bike." Others have accused the seven-time Tour de France winner of the blood doping that has become all too common among world-class cyclists. But Armstrong has continually denied the charges, and his blood tests have been clean. For those of us who are cycling fans, it would be sad to see another champion dethroned.

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