Floyd Landis is back in the headlines with his claims that cycling coach Pepe Martí sold him doping products, saying “Pepe Martí was my dealer“. A big headline but it’s actually old news.
The accusations reheat two stories, first the allegations of doping with the US Postal/Discovery cycling team but also that Alberto Contador could be linked to doping.
In April 2010 Landis wrote a long email to USA Cycling Chief Executive Steve Johnson, claiming Martí sold him growth hormone and this was subsequently publicised around the world. It went beyond the cycling world, financial news website Bloomberg ran with the story. Note Martí was only one of many named by Landis. But again, this isn’t new. It’s just that Landis has been on German TV and they’ve repeated the allegations.
But if little has changed, perhaps we should be asking why? Did anyone follow up on Landis’s accusations or was Landis asked for an apology or even sued by those he named?
- There’s one small change: the attitude towards Pete Martí. Flashback to January 2010 and Martí is named as part of Contador’s special entourage, with preferred riders and mechanics. Last summer I wrote about Martí too. Since then Contador joined Saxo Bank, taking several preferred riders and even bringing his mechanic. Indeed it was said that he was taking his coach… only it seems Martí’s been dropped. After praising him before Contador’s spokesman Jacinto Vidarte has said he’s not linked any more.