This is an old one, but it’s making the rounds again. Must be Tour time or something. Back in January of 2006 I posted a transcript of an instant message between Frankie Andreu (FDREU) and Jonathan Vaughters (Cyclevaughters) the morning of July 26, 2005.
Cyclevaughters: yeah, it’s very complex how the avoid all the controls now, but it’s not any new drug or anything, just the resources and planning to pull of a well devised plan
Cyclevaughters: it’s why they all got dropped on stage 9 – no refill yet – then on the rest day – boom 800ml of packed cells
FDREU: they have it mastered. good point
Cyclevaughters: they draw the blood right after the dauphine
FDREU: how do they sneak it in, or keep it until needed
FDREU: i’m sure it’s not with the truck in the frig
Cyclevaughters: motorcycle – refridgerated panniers
Cyclevaughters: on the rest day
Cyclevaughters: floyd has a photo of the thing
You can view the whole thing here: drunkcyclist.com/wordpress/2006/01/03/implicated-on-the-internet.
Interesting to note how quickly Jonathon Vaughters backpedaled when that transcript saw the light of day. He was feeling the heat from somewhere.
Vaughters said he could not be sure if Floyd Landis really had photographs of the alleged doping practices. “I regret saying Floyd said anything to me in that IM because it was a friend of Floyd’s,” he continued. “In fact, everything I wrote in that IM was something I heard from somewhere else.”
Landis, of course, denies knowing anything about anything.
“When I talked to Vaughters he said that you know, he was just trying to get Frankie going,” and Landis added.“ I have no idea what possessed him to make that up. I wish I knew.”
Frankie Andreu admitted to doping in his career, but said it was just him, all alone, by himself, a couple of times. He sounds like a kid who got caught stealing from his parent’s liquor cabinet. Review this nytimes.com article to freshen up.
I think there was more than the claimed one box of EPO he picked up in Switzerland, by himself, and used in “only a few races” without the knowledge, permission and backing of his team. I cannot believe he was able to contribute to the success of US Postal in the manner he did during the Wide Open Drug Years without taking drugs himself.
I just cannot believe that, Frankie. Not for one minute.
I’ll play the lottery this week, and if I hit, I’ll start a pro team, hire guys like Vaughters and Andreu on long term contracts. I’ll call ‘em “advisors”. Then they can say whatever they want. And no one can lean on them, take away their jobs or threaten their livelihood. Because I’ll be the check signer, and I want them to tell the truth.
Wouldn’t that be something?by