After Floyd Landis' allegations made on Thursday that Lance Armstrong was guilty of doping, it was only a matter of time until the seven-time Tour de France winner responded. This afternoon, Armstrong did just that, predictably denying Landis' claims, saying, "It's our word against his word. I like our word."
Armstrong, speaking prior to the fifth stage of the Tour of California, continued with the denial during a makeshift press conference.
"If you said, 'Give me one word to sum this all up,' credibility," the seven-time Tour de France winner said. "Floyd lost his credibility a long time ago."
"We have nothing to hide. We have nothing to run from," he added.
In an e-mail to USA Cycling chief Steve Johnson, Landis accuses Armstrong of covering up a positive test for the blood-boosting drug EPO, and claims that the EPO violation occurred in 2002, "around the time [Armstrong] won the Tour de Suisse." However, Armstrong did not race in 2002 (he won the Tour de Suisse in 2001).
Saying that he was "a little confused" since Landis' "timeline is off," Armstrong reminded those in attendance that his accuser's history should easily discredit any allegations made.
"I'd remind everybody that this is a man that's been under oath several times and had a very different version," Armstrong said. "This is a man that wrote a book for profit that had a completely different version. This is somebody that took, some would say, close to $1 million from innocent people for his defense under a different premise. Now when it's all run out the story changes."