UCI, Verbruggen, McQuaid threaten Landis

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 6:06pm by Andy Shen

Update #2: Landis forwarded another email response, addressed to Rolf Ditesheim, Philippe Verbiest of the UCI, and Hein Verbruggen. See below:

Dear Mr Ditzensheim,

I hope something has not happened to you (!) I have been looking forward to getting to know you good. I have copied Mr. Verbeast at the UCI because a year ago he sent me a similar email asking for some kind of retraction. I don't know what you want retractioned though(!!!).

And I am not living in Switzerland now though and maybe you have a colleague that you trust (and with his records!!!) that can represent me in my upcoming trial. If he can represent me for 500 Swiss Franks that would be GREAT (!!) because I am broke. (that would be 250 swiss franks up front!!!).

One other thing is I want to request that the trial be in Zurich in the summer because it is beautiful there but cold. If Zurich doesn't work possibly San Diego(?????). I live here!!

Thank You!

This is a serious matter

Update: Check out Landis' hilarious response to the UCI at the end of this cyclingnews article. (Yes, now we're in a full mobius strip of linkage)

Today's news has understandably infuriated Floyd Landis. To get a sense of the hypocrisy and inconsistency of the UCI, check out the letter below. Verbruggen, McQuaid, and the UCI are suing Landis for saying something that they've demonstrated to be absolutely true today. The German TV interview referenced within is here. For more perspective on Landis' credibility regarding the UCI, check out what he says about them in the Kimmage interview, as well as the subsequent corroborating documents unearthed by Cyclocosm.





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By: Old School
Thu, 02/17/2011 - 4:04pm

Foundation? There will be lots of media coverage....put Alexi in your jersey.

If Spider was able to get a
By: Gregorio Sealant
Thu, 02/17/2011 - 3:41pm

If Spider was able to get a ride at Redlands, Alexi definitely should.

By: Old School
Thu, 02/17/2011 - 3:34pm

Will someone please put Alexi on their composite team at Redlands? He's in the pool of available riders.

By: Candy Stripper
Thu, 02/17/2011 - 3:46am

It's not about content with Lance Madoff or the UCI it's ALL ABOUT THE SOUNDBITE. Greg LeMond got a letter from Hein (Paddy too?) threating to sue him too just because he said the uci was corrupt! All they do is threaten people and never follow through. They rely on people to not follow up and not pay attention, hence, the soundbite - which will eventually bite lance madoff in the ass!

when will it end?
By: Gabin Saddlesore
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 6:01pm

I wonder if they would actually sue Floyd? Seems like it would be a dumb move on their part. They would either have to sue him here in the USA or some how get him to go to Switzerland. If they sue in the USA, they will be opening up a huge can of worms. Now the question is are the lawyers really dumb enough to think that that letter would have any effect besides giving us a good laugh or if they were dumb enough to listen to their client who forced them to send that stupid letter?

By: Botany Bay
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 5:34pm

This whole farcical exchange is merely a diversion tactic to get the media to stop writing stories about the Contador "reversal".

Want to make Kimmage forget about Alberto Contador for a day? Fire a shot over Floyd Landis' bow.

By: Quentin Bottle
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 5:28pm

I know we despise the Hein but we can't post his email, ok?

...signore cogset...
By: Matteo Dropout
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 8:54am

...so you're pedantic enough to make note of "retractioned" yet you weren't on the ball enough to catch "swiss franks", huh ???...

...i'm also thinkin' that's not much of a sense of humor there, amico...

...btw, them "swiss franks" are somewhere between cocktail wieners & good ol' 'merican hot dogs...

...i think floyd threw a fastball with a lotta mustard on it...steee-rike, right across the plate...

...with balls, bgw...

Landis may just be the saviour
By: Praying Landis
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 7:58am

Laugh and mock all you want but Landis just may be the best thing that's happened to pro cycling in decades.
(time till tell)
Either it will continue to move into the same atmosphere that wresting finds itself in today or it will FINALLY be a sport.
Which would you prefer?

By: Yanis Crank
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 6:31am

the redundancy of bureaucracy exposed through broke ass white trash humour. In your face corrupt UCI!

The new Floyd Landis sent a nice reply.
By: Keano Cable
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 3:33am

The old Floyd Landis would have told him to take a flying fuck!

I know I would!

Their honour. Fucking limey scum-bucket!

The new Floyd Landis sent a nice reply.
By: Keano Cable
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 3:33am

The old Floyd Landis would have told him to take a flying fuck!

I know I would!

Their honour. Fucking limey scum-bucket!

to Galleazzo Cogset
By: Doobie Bro
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 3:15am

Humanity suffers from your lack of a sense of humor.

An exercise:

Compare this letter with virtually everything else Floyd has written. Then try not to smile or laugh.

'Can't be done unless you're Lance or anyone from the UCI.

He's making fun of
By: Andy Shen
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 3:11am

He's making fun of Verbruggen's writing style. Floyd's a smart guy:


I read it as humor
By: Jonas Neck
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 2:58am

I read it as humor

Pro cyclists are uneducated
By: Galleazzo Cogset
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 2:51am

Retractioned? Ugh. It's disappointing to read such poorly written correspondence. Floyd is obviously trying to look smart. He frequently misuses words or, in this case, just made one up. Go back to school Floyd. I know you're reading this. It's "retracted" you're looking for big guy.

Smart Move?
By: smittyjs
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 2:23am

I'm wondering if the UCI really wants to open up all of their records by bringing this court? Would that be a smart move for them to do?

Just a lot of bluster me thinks......

Cycling News says your are "Media"
By: Luko
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 1:32am

Nice job guys. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/media-reactions-to-contadors-clearing-on...

"As someone who satirizes professional cycling, I appreciate the unusual and the bizarre. Vanishing twins, blood bags labelled according to pet names, Mark Cavendish talking..."

So Schmalz did you see this clip of Cav the humanitarian?
Watch the last twenty seconds


Floyd responds to Hein again.
By: Andy Shen
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 1:28am

Floyd responds to Hein again. Check above for his email.

Contador exonerated!
By: Gomer
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 1:19am

Contador being cleared by the Spanish federation is like...how can I put this...aha...

It is like a high school student getting nailed for cheating on an exam, and the teacher and principal turn the evidence over to his own parents for review. The parents do a full investigation and it turns out the kid didn't cheat at all! Now of course the analogy works best if the parents themselves were serial cheaters.

@ 12:32am
By: Dapper Dan
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:41am

Does the word duh have any meaning to you?

It's just business

There's a scene in the movie, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" where John Goodman whacks George Clooney in the head shouting, "It's all about the money, boys!" He takes the money, leaving him sprawling on the ground, dazed and penniless.

The truth is stranger than fiction (and a great defense too)
By: Lance is a fag
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:32am

Landis is dead on about the UCI. All anyone has to do is look at how they handled Contador's positive to see that they do, in fact, protect certain riders.

..."umm, uhhh...
By: Matteo Dropout
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:24am

..."let's tilt at floyd landis's windmill right as the spanish guys reveal their 'el pistalero' findings & maybe that'll take a little bit of the sting out of their weak & ineffective ruling...

..."then we can sit back, waste another month or two & let the 'court of popular opinion' basically decide how deeply we pursue an effectual sanction through the 'court of arbitration for sport'"...

...lance armstrong may only have one ball but he & contador are pretty much showing the world that pat mccaid, hein verbrugge & the uci have none...

...floyd, despite what people think of his past is showing some serious "sack" & i think it's great...

...with love, bgw...

Swiss Defense Lawyer
By: Domenico Tank
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:21am

I wonder if the Floyd Fairness Fund is still accepting contributions....

Easy to find Floyd.
By: Botany Bay
Wed, 02/16/2011 - 12:15am

Peeps, all you need to do is go to Spokeo.com and enter the name you want. No matter how badly you don't wanna be, you're all totally findable.

Of course, they're a but behind on Floyd. He's up in Idyllwild now (not Murietta). But you can always call upon Amber. She's probably single ;-)

Ugh, sorry about the emails
By: Andy Shen
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 11:58pm

Ugh, sorry about the emails addresses. Just going too fast today, no bad intent.

Admitted Dopers eh?
By: Damien Bartape
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 11:43pm

Nice to see all of you sycophants so eager to jump on the bandwagon of an admitted doper.

This is a poor excuse. You should look into what happen to all the dopers that admitted and still haven't returned to the peloton. Pharmador didn't admit anything and he's back.

Presence in the Pro peloton depends on how the rider ranks in the double-secret popularity contest they run at the UCI. Pharmador is the reigning queen of the contest with various Italians jockeying for the other positions in the Queen's court. Brothers Schleck don't qualify. Their father lost the popularity contest when he worked for Pat's Dad.

By: Domenico Tank
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 11:41pm

am I the only one here that thinks that
reymond, ditesheim, hohenhauer, rouvinez, weissbrodt, rochat, and hussein
are going spend a lot of the next week opening emails and cleaning out their spam filters


By: Robbe Headbadge
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 11:35pm

Why do all you people believe a known doper and story teller??? Landis is just trying to worm his way out of a bad set of decisions he has made. Guess he figures he can lie his way out of this by makeing false accusations against everybody

Defend their honour what a
By: Gilles Stiff
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 11:19pm

Defend their honour what a joke. There is no honour amongst thieves.

Floyd Landis and UCI
By: Gilles Drainhole
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 11:09pm

Nice to see all of you sycophants so eager to jump on the bandwagon of an admitted doper. Landis ruined his career, reputation and personal life doping, and when he got caught, wouldn't man up and take the punishment.
Had he come clean in 2006, he might still be married, not reportedly insolvent, and maybe getting a second chance in Europe. It worked for Basso and Millar.
Only when his world completely collapsed did Landis again look to gain personally by filing whistleblower status in the ongoing DOJ inquiry into Armstrong.
The guy is all about himself.

honour vs honor
By: Romain Chainsuck
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 11:06pm

Many words are spelled differently in different countries, other examples might include meter vs metre, block vs bloque, or humor vs humour. We USA folks have degraded the "English" language into "American" because we really don't speak "English" any more. Don't start a chain with this about all the "non-English" speakers in this country now, language evolves over time and based on the circumstances of the culture using it.

Thanks Floyd!
By: Post
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:51pm

I'm gaining more respect for Floyd as each day goes by. Clearly, the UCI is not clean. I'm glad Floyd has nothing to lose and is telling us how it is.

By: Matheo Polished
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:02pm

Helden der Landstrasse,

please do your webpublishing properly and REALLY delete that privacy-breaching document! (No, uploading and linking a new version with an easy-to-guess original URL is NOT very kind of you!)

Amazing that the UCI bounced
By: mikeweb
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 9:52pm

Amazing that the UCI bounced the Chicken for 2 years even without a positive test, yet a positive test with a half-assed explanation and political muscle behind you yields a complete pass. I really hope they press the suit against FL. Even with a so-so lawyer, it'll get laughed out of court when they look at the UCI's wildly contradictory behavior.

They'll never do it.
By: Botany Bay
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 9:47pm

Floyd, just take the letter that Hein sent to YOU during your Mercury pay dispute. Swap a few lines and send it back to them.

They aint gonna sue Floyd, as they'd never be willing to be cross examined or open the UCI's (and their own) accounting books to legal scrutiny.

with a name like deitsheim,
By: Bryan Ferrule
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 9:45pm

with a name like deitsheim, it has to be good.

this is getting fun.
By: Wout Dry Lube
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 9:43pm

this is getting fun.

By: Jens Tarmac
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 9:05pm

Hey.... Where did the address go that everyone is mentioning. How will I send my hate mail?

Let me translate this for you...
By: George Chain Ring
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 8:25pm

Dear Mr. Landis,
We know you have no more money, so we are going to make your life hell until you take back what you said about us. You can't afford to defend yourself and that is something we are prepared to take advantage of.

Is honour the same as honor
By: Dirk D.
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 7:42pm

Is honour the same as honor or on her?

Dude needs an Attorney
By: big jonny
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 7:41pm

Truth is an absolute defense...

By: Matteo Limit Screw
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 7:23pm

i like the bit how they "create stars" . wtf does that mean

HA ha, See my Bitch McQuaid
By: Lance Armstrong
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 7:13pm

HA ha, See my Bitch McQuaid does anything I tell him. For my next trick he will toss Verbuggen's salad.

the texas trailer trash
By: Louis Topcap
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 6:55pm

wonder ifthis is the same lawyer pharmstrong uses in Switzerland

I challenge you to a duel,
By: Baptiste Threadlock
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 6:50pm

I challenge you to a duel, sir!

Sorry, missed it. Fixed.
By: Andy Shen
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 6:30pm

Sorry, missed it. Fixed.

Floyds Addy
By: Matteo Dropout
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 6:24pm

Bit naughty leaving floyds address on their. Invites hate mail and stalkers.

By: Mehdi Pulley
Tue, 02/15/2011 - 6:21pm

I'm sure Landis appreciates your publishing his address so that other correspondence may follow...lol.

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