Here's how you know how bad the state of affairs is in the cycling world: The most prominent cycle race in North America remains a back-page story to the Floyd Landis "coming clean" moment.
On the eve of the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race entering Los Angeles County, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong denied doping allegations by Murrieta-based cyclist Landis... AGAIN.
Landis, a former teammate of Armstrong's whose 2006 win in the Tour de France was nullified due to evidence of performance-enhancing drugs, sent a series of e-mails to cycling officials and sponsors admitting to his systematic use of performance enhancing drugs during his career, which he had previously long denied, according to a story first reported in the Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal reported that it was unable to independently verify Landis' allegation and that he did not make himself available for comment. In the e-mails, he expressed frustration about the inability of anti-doping officials to clean up the sport.
The verbal spat continued as Armstrong lashed out at the former teammate. He called the disgraced cyclist a liar and dismisses the allegations of cheating. Armstrong even posted some of their previous emails on lancearmstrong.com.
Escaping drug allegations was easier for Armstrong than escaping a wreck during the Visalia-to-Bakersfield stage. The bike accident left Armstrong battered with a bruised elbow and face. The fall also knocked Armstrong out of the Amgen Tour of California.
However, even with all the drama and the "must-see" stars falling off their bikes, the race must go on. Saturday, the cyclists will race in downtown Los Angeles. The race will conclude Sunday with a circuit race in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills.
Blogdowntown has suggestions of where the best place is to watch the time trial. The 115 remaining cyclists pedal their way through the downtown course beginning at 1 p.m. The action concludes around 4 p.m.
The only thing the cyclists now have to worry about is the plethora of pot holes on LA streets.