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Excuses won't mask the truth about Landis

Floyd Landis' gamut of excuses may have aroused a measure of doubt over his positive drug test at the Tour de France, but in the end, writes Mark Kreidler, no amount of spin will be able to hide the plain and obvious truth.

Updated: August 5, 2006, 1:28 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

"I'm going to do my best to defend my dignity and my innocence." -- Floyd Landis, on CNN.

Oh, sure, it looks like a set-up line now, but back when Landis uttered those words to Larry King, in the heady nostalgia of … well, of last week, Floyd and his "team" had yet to offer up the first in his growing line of explanations for testing red-hot on the Cheat-to-Win scale.

By the time the cyclist's sizzling "B" sample finally came back from the French lab on Saturday, ...

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