Positively False: The Real Story of How I Won the Tour de France
Positively False The Real Story of How I Won the Tour de France Author:Floyd Landis, Loren Mooney THE SERIES OF EVENTS surrounding Floyd Landis's 2006 Tour de France was as improbable as anything in the history of sports: He showed up nine seconds late for the race's opening prologue, donned the leader's yellow jersey twelve days later, and lost his lead only to regain it in remarkable fashion just before the Tour's final sta... more »ge into Paris. Winning the Tour should have been the culmination of a life's dream, but a mere three days later, Landis was accused of using banned performance-enhancing drugs. Released by his team and threatened with the removal of his Tour title, Landis went from winning the most prestigious race of his career to being unfairly labeled as a cheater, a liar, and a doper.
Positively False is at once a memoir and a powerful indictment of the unchecked governing bodies of cycling that have compromised the integrity of the sport as a whole. From leaving the Mennonite community of his youth in order to pursue his passion for cycling, to riding alongside Lance Armstrong for three years -- with whom he shared the same work ethic and competitive desire -- Floyd Landis details the highs and lows of his career with unabashed honesty. It is this same honesty with which he will clear his name once and for all, as he lays bare the inner workings of the cycling world -- a place where athletes are subject to the antiquated science, flawed interpretive protocols, and draconian legal processes of the anti-doping agencies -- and finally lays to rest the scandal that threatened to destroy everything he's worked so hard to achieve....« less
After reading the book, I still thought he was guilty. All he did was keep throwing excuses at the wall until something stuck and he would get off the doping charge. Well I guess the book is total BS. Since he has now come out and stated "Yup, I doped."
He still wants to take down Lance as well...So I will throw some blame his way. After going through cancer treatments do you think Lance would put anything like Steriods into hid body?....
Do you think the MOST TESTED ATHELETE IN THE WORLD.....He would not be able to beat them all.
UPDATE --> ADMITS HE WAS JUICED = BOOK IS TOTAL BS!!!!
This book is great with a few caveats. It starts out funny and intense in much the same way, I assume, Floyd Landis is himself. I couldn't put it down but did feel the big change in tone once everything started going downhill (it does get dark and frustrating in the last part). When I checked out info on Landis on the net after reading it, that feeling only got worse.
Floyd is a sympathetic character and I'm definitely a fan but the read gets much darker at the end.
Lastly, if you're a big Lance fan you may not like this book.