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 THE SERIES OF EVENTS surrounding Floyd Landis s 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 le

  • Title: Positively False: The Real Story of How I Won the Tour de France
  • Author: Floyd Landis
  • ISBN: 9781416950233
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 stage into Paris Winning the Tour should haveTHE 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 stage 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 theintegrity 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.

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    1. Floyd Landis Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Positively False: The Real Story of How I Won the Tour de France book, this is one of the most wanted Floyd Landis author readers around the world.

    2. Worst book ever! After I finished reading this book I went online to see the outcome of Floyds court case and as it turns out he lied and he was doping. The entire book he professed his innocence but it was all a lie. 300 pages of lies! Shame on you Floyd Landis, you make me sick.

    3. Boy, did I get suckered by Mr. Landis. I just read Tyler Hamilton’s new tell-all tale of bike racing madness. In it, Hamilton praised Landis as a salt-of-the-earth honest-as-the-day-is-long guy who was raised Mennonite in rural Pennsylvania. It was a compelling story of rampant cheating in the pro cycling world through doping and transfusions. So I decided to check out Landis’ tome to get his side of his Tour de France doping debacle.Landis comes off as this aw-shucks hard working man who ab [...]

    4. How did a man brought up as a Mennonite become a foul mouthed materialistic cyclist who cheated? You won't find the answer here, just excuses, and a revisionist attitude towards his upbringing.

    5. I'm an avid follower of the literature on Lance Armstrong and his battle to prove that doping never played a role in his Tour de France vitories. While reading "Lance Armstrong's War" by Daniel Coyle, I was formally introduced to the character of Floyd Landis and instantly found common ground in his early passion for mountain biking. Equally fascinating was his Mennonite upbringing in Pennsylvania and his struggle to become part of the larger world while still respecting his background and his f [...]

    6. This was a quick, interesting read telling the story of 2006 Tour de France winner, Floyd Landis. It was quite eye opening regarding the practices of the World Anti Doping Association (WADA) and US Anti Doping Agency (USADA), both of which operate completely on their own. They answer to no one and have no system of checks and balances to see that justice is actually carried out for athletes that they accuse of cheating.I'm on Floyd's side. I believe the evidence is in his favor. I hope he can cl [...]

    7. I enjoyed reading it, even years after the fact. Each account of that time period is just a little bit different; the books written by Lance himself (well, his ghost writer, I suppose), Tyler Hamilton's book as well as George Hincapie's and others. We know what happened and what was decided. But the way it unfolded is just fascinating to me!

    8. After reading several of Lance Armstrong's books around the 2004-2006 period. It was really interesting in Floyd's perspective when he was on Lance's Discovery team and doing the same Tour De Frances.I enjoyed learning about the training and experiences of the professional bike riding plus the Tour De Frances.Going into this book already knowing that Floyd confessed a few years ago to cheating, lying and performance enhancement use it was really sad to keep reading about all of these people he l [...]

    9. He's innocent. He's guilty. No matter what you think, this book is an eye opening read. Landis presents a strong case on why the current system needs a complete overhaul. The information on USADA was especially interesting. I don't think we'll ever truly find out if he did it or not, but after reading his account, I do believe things need to change.EDIT 05/24/10 - Well, what do you know. He confessed. Now I have no problem with the allegations against Lance (hell, entire countries are trying to [...]

    10. Would have been inspiring (depending on your perception of the sport) when it was newly out. Anybody who knew anything about professional cycling would have smelt a rat but might have been in denial and had that bit of hope that he was different.Reading it recently it is so obvious; the times and herculean efforts could only have been fuelled by testosterone and EPO, etc. Such a good liar, not sure how his family relationships are now this has all unravelled as he made such a play on honesty and [...]

    11. This is an interesting look at the world of professional cycling and the Tour de France in particular. Landis tells us about his Mennonite upbringing (didn't know that!) and how he got into pro cycling. The bulk of the book, of course, deals with the Tour and with the allegations of doping that ultimately stripped him of the win. Based on what Landis says and the evidence put forth, it's hard to believe he got a fair deal or that he was guilty. However, the book was interesting, with an amount o [...]

    12. I read this book because I'm related to Floyd (okay, he's like my third cousin and I've never met the guy but it's still kind of cool to say I'm related to him). I learned a lot about the world of cycling. I also learned that you have to have a certain attitude to get far in cycling. Floyd's positive doping test is unfortunate and I feel for him and his family for having to go through such an ordeal. I can't imagine the amount of energy Floyd and his team used to fight the positive test result.

    13. I don't normally read novels, and I'm not really a big fan of cycling. However, I read this book at a time when I had also been 'falsely accused' and that made the book very meaningful to me.Overall I enjoyed the book very much and highly recommend it. While it isn't one I would read again (just because once you've read it, you've read it), I'm glad that I read it when I did. It was a healing experience for me.

    14. I've always believed that Floyd Landis was innocent of all the doping charges against him. He states that what you see is what you get with him - and that's the feeling I've had since I started following him when he rode with Lance Armstrong. After reading his book, I feel the same way. He's innocent and WADA and USADA have a lot to answer for.

    15. It was weird reading about Floyd's claim to innocence at the same time he was pleading guilty in public. Still I found him to be a sympathetic person and an example for the pressures of pro sports and the price of success. In my book, he's a winner of the Tour de France, just like all the others who doped but didn't get stripped of their title.

    16. A riveting tale; the story of a true American tragedy. After reading this book twice, with a very critical eye, I still think that Landis did not cheat in the 2006 Tour de France. [6.1.2010:] Updating my review to reflect the fact that apparently much of this book is fiction. Floyd, you've been a bad boy.

    17. Hmmm, I had a hard time rating this book. The first 3/4 of the book I really enjoyed reading. It was interesting learning about his childhood and the Tour de France. The last part was almost unnerving to read knowing he was lying. He came out in 2010 admitting to doping (book published in 2007), but in the book he was such a good lyier I would have believed him.

    18. [After the fact update:] Really enjoyed the book when it came out. Now, of course, we know that the book is a fraud, a great big lie, which is a real shame. Funny that Floyd sued Lance (through the False Claims Act, as a qui tam relator), but nobody's suing Floyd for pedaling (no pun intended) a positively false yarn as non-fiction.

    19. I am a cyclist. I felt strongly that Floyd was innocent. I bought this book and bought his story, hook line and sinker. Unfortunately after this book came out he announced he lied and did dope. Before that news came out, I would have rated this book with four stars, but knowing that it is all a lie, I cannot give it anything more than one star.

    20. I am a big cycling dork, so I loved this book. Especially because I watch the Tour every year and was intrigued by Floyd and his performance. This is of course his bias of the situation, but gives a lot of his history and lots of background info about what happened. My wonderful boyfriend bought this for me while I was in the hospital, which is also when the Tour started.

    21. I met Arnie Baker; and I went through the presentation on the Internet Tubes about the findings.Think of WADA as an irredeemably corrupt and impressively incompetent IOC and you're most of the way there.This is a pretty compelling first person. Love the technical details.

    22. not quite finished with this book yet, but getting to the guts of trying to fight the doping charges from a lab that made many errors in procedure/reporting/ etc. Makes me really question the anti-doping labs and the fact that the French were not happy with Americans winning the tour

    23. Don't bother reading the book. It is a straight up work of fiction.Floyd Landis cheated in the Tour de Farce.He blew the whistle on Lance Armstrong because he also cheated in the Tour de Farce.The slogan really reads as "The fake story of how I won the Tour de Farce."

    24. aiight floyd--whatcha got to say for yerself? huh? ya got a huge sack is that what yer sayin'? that's where all yer man juice came from in stage 17? ya sure?the jury's still out fer me. but that li'l sex trick he pulled on greg lemond was low. but i'd drink beer wif floyd fo' sho'!!!

    25. Don't bother reading the book. It is a straight up work of fiction.Floyd Landis cheated in the Tour de Farce.He blew the whistle on Lance Armstrong because he also cheated in the Tour de Farce.The slogan really reads as "The fake story of how I won the Tour de Farce."

    26. Don't bother reading the book. It is a straight up work of fiction.Floyd Landis cheated in the Tour de Farce.He blew the whistle on Lance Armstrong because he also cheated in the Tour de Farce.The slogan really reads as "The fake story of how I won the Tour de Farce."

    27. I want to believe Floyd Landis more than I want to believe anything. I love his approach to life, and his lack of haughtiness. I'm not sure if he was a victim of a bad testing protocol or his desperation. I hope he eventually comes back to the sport.

    28. I did finish the book Positively False by Floyd Landis. I really think he didn't take performance inhancing drugs. He seems like too honest a guy. I still haven't heard the trial results even though they were back in what June? I wish I could meet him in person and shake his hand.

    29. Maybe cheesy - but this book really changed me. I identified/empathized with Floyd. And really got me into cycling (with my husband). Fantastic book, and funny.p.s. It's out he's a liar - so so sad!

    30. Although it is a very interesting read, given his later admission to doping, I don't trust a word of it and wonder if the USADA is as bad as he states.

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