One of the things you hear most about blogging is that it allows people and companies to be transparent. This is talked about as a good thing. Well, one person who is going completely transparent is 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis.
As many of you know, Floyd is fighting a battle over whether or not he won Le Tour fair and square or whether he had a little artificial help. Everyone has an opinion, which is what makes the world go around.
Whatever your opinion on the situation, Floyd has decided to use his blog to be totally transparent. Today, they posted a link to his case information, which can be downloaded by any and all. Included in that is a powerpoint presentation by an MD that, admittedly, I've never heard of and don't know anything about. However, I read the powerpoint and realized that I didn't need to be an MD to comprehend what I saw on slide 3. The lab results report has the athlete identification number as 994474 (this is clearly seen on the snapshot). Floyd's ID number (also clearly shown in a snapshot) is 995474.
Number on the report: 994474
Floyd's number: 995474
Similar, but not the same. That is the key here - 'not the same'.
Was it a simple transposition of numbers? Maybe, but it is the same wrong number on another results page, too. That should give enough doubt about who the sample belongs to.
If you are interested in the case, it's worth downloading from Box.net. When you get there, click "Login" and then use "PublicAccess" as both the login and password.
Bravo on being so transparent, Floyd.
Just a Tour tidbit for today. Thanks for stopping by.