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Floyd Landis Admits to Being Juiced

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Bicycle rider Floyd Landis admitted to's Bonnie D. Ford over a telephone interview that he used performance enhancing drugs throughout his career which included winning the 2006 Tour de France before being stripped of the title after testing positive for synthetic testosterone.

Among the drugs he admitted to using:

  • Red blood cell booster erythropoietin (EPO)
  • Testosterone
  • Human growth hormone
  • Female hormones
  • Blood transfusions
  • Insulin experimentation

Even bigger, however, was his implication of the cycling world's ubermensch Lance Armstrong among other athletes in PED use.
Armstrong, who is participating in the Amgen Tour of California and have been dogged with drugging accusations throughout his career, told reporters in Modesto, "It's his word versus ours. We like our word. We like our credibility."

After his positive test in 2006 after the Tour de France, Landis went on the attack ferociously denying any involvement in doping exhausting his own savings of $2 million. While he still maintains that the result was inaccurate since he was no longer taking synthetic testosterone, he did cop to being on human growth hormone during that time.