Interview: Mennonite kid, discovers the bike, trains in secret, rises to the very top, rides with Postal, goes it alone, wins the 2006 Tour de France but gets declassed, denies he was kitted, even writes a book to protest his innocence, asks Lance for his gig back but is rebuffed, ultimately ‘fesses up’ and is then instrumental in bringing down Lance. It can only be Floyd Landis.
American star Floyd Landis/Phonak providing a resounding confirmation of his Tour de France contender status as he easily defended his four-second overall lead throughout today's Stage Five, the most difficult of this year's Ford Tour de Georgia. Tom Danielson duplicated his win of 2005, but was not able to distance the Floyd.
After two close calls in two days, sprinter Fred Rodriguez nailed down the Tour de Georgia's third stage with a well-timed sprint after a mountainous 119 mile race from Dalton, GA to the finish in Dahlonega. While Fast Freddie got the stage and tightened his grip on the sprint competition, team tactics were the rule of the day.
The first crucial day of racing at the 2006 Ford Tour De Georgia finished in Tennesse - 40 km of pure time trialling hell for any and all. Floyd Landis repeated his 2005 win, but one particular name that should haunt his sleep was hot on his heels...
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