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The Case of the Missing Bikes
Cyclist Floyd Landis gives an exclusive tour through what he and others say is a culture of systematic doping in the sport.
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To Floyd Landis, one of the mysteries of his time with the U.S. Postal Service cycling team was why more new bikes weren't available for the riders. He eventually struck on one possible answer: the team was sellingequipment to the public to raise cash.In March 2004, during an eight-day race from Paris to Nice,Mr. Landis said he was in position to win the sixth stage whenhis bike frame snapped. He blamed the mishap on the bike'scarbon frame, which, he said, had been weakened by wear andtear. After the race, Mr. Landis recalled, he found Johan Bruyneel,the director of the U.S. Postal Service team, and told him heneeded a brand-new bike. According to Mr. Landis, Mr. Bruyneel told him the team didn't have enoughequipment to allow every rider to always have new bikes.Mr. Landis said he didn't believe Mr. Bruyneel. Some time after the race, he said, he placed a call to ScottDaubert, a representative from the team's official frame maker, Trek Bicycle Corp., and also to Wayne Stetina of the component manufacturer Shimano Inc., which supplied the team with things like pedals.In those conversations, Mr. Landis said, he learned the team was given enough frames and components to makeabout 120 bikes a year. After doing some rough calculations, he said, he determined the team was missing about60 bikes. A few weeks later, Mr. Landis said, he had dinner with BartKnaggs of Capital Sports & Entertainment, the company thatacts as an agent for lead U.S. Postal rider Lance Armstrong;Geert Duffeleer, the team's cook and a personal assistant to Mr.Bruyneel; and at least two other riders. At the dinner, Mr. Landis said, he told the group he had talked tothe sponsors and believed at least 60 bikes were unaccountedfor.The next day, Mr. Landis said, he got a phone call from Mr.Bruyneel, who was angry that Mr. Landis had contacted thesponsors. According to Mr. Landis, Mr. Bruyneel told him thatthe money raised from equipment sales helped pay for doping.
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