WSJ’s Cycling Tour de Farce?

On the eve of this year’s Tour de France, there’s a major takeout in the weekend Wall Street Journal about blood doping in professional cycling.

Blood Brothers

Cyclist Floyd Landis gives an exclusive tour through what he and others say is a culture of systematic doping in the sport.

That would be Floyd Landis, archenemy of the sainted Lance (Livestrong) Armstrong. The Journal piece devotes exactly two paragraphs to questions about the credibility of Landis:

“Floyd lost his credibility a long time ago,” Mr. Armstrong said. “We have a person who has been under oath several times with a completely different version, written a book with a completely different version, someone that took money. He said he has no proof. It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility.”

Mr. Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory for doping, then lied about what he had done in his 2007 book, “Positively False,” in which he also said he had no evidence that Mr. Armstrong had doped.

After that, the Journal devotes two pages to accusations by Landis and others that American cyclists – most notably Armstrong – have long engaged in a high-tech game of bio-cheating.

Pop quiz:

We should be more skeptical of:

a) Lance Armstrong

b) Floyd Landis

c) The Wall Street Journal

Your skepticism goes here.

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