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DeSimone: Story has led to lots of dopey statements

Updated: July 29, 2006, 10:22 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

The rush of news reports that followed Tour de France winner Floyd Landis' abnormal test results included a few misconceptions and hastily made judgments. Here's a stab at clearing them up:

1. It's not a positive yet No doping test is considered positive until it's confirmed by a backup analysis. That's a second test on part of the urine sample taken the same day -- not, as one well-known television host implied, a second test on a different day. The ritual of the B sample, by the way, isn't ...

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