Landis not ready to ride into sunset
July 20, 2009
By Lesley Visser CBS Sports
Three years ago this week, his legs aching and his lungs on fire, Floyd
Landis staged one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the Tour de
…His improbable ride that day was all the more remarkable because he was
experiencing severe hip pain and avascular necrosis to the femur head
(diminished blood supply – remember Bo Jackson?) as a result of a training
accident in 2003.
Landis wrestled with what do – a complete hip replacement would have all but
ended his chances to be a world-class cyclist again when his suspension was
lifted this January. Landis decided to have a relatively new operation called
the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, which was performed in October of 2006 by
surgeons from Smith and Nephew, the British jointmaker.
In hip-joint resurfacing, only the …