Congratulations, Floyd Landis! You won the 2006 Tour de France! After years of French press heckling your fellow American and rival, Lance Armstrong, over doping allegations, you did it clean, fair and square. And with a trick hip to boot. Congratulations. I hope you get a chance to defend your title next year after hip surgery. It’s a bummer that you have to have surgery and may never race again, but you have a lot to celebrate. You made the Tour an exciting affair, especially after your amazing recovery after the Alps a few days ago. Not only that, but you continue America’s domination of cycling’s premier sport in France, no less. Americans have now won 11 of the 20 past tours. Vive la America! Vive La Ndis!
Floyd, it’s a shame you didn’t get a chance to race against and beat contenders like Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso, who are actually being investigated for doping charges. And no one will ever know whether Lance Armstrong would have won the Tour again this year if he had raced. Still, none of these realities change the fact that you won the race, fair and square. Congratulations. It’s yours. Come back next year and do it again. Best wishes for a successful recovery in the off-season.