Floyd Landis' Tour de France victory was thrown into question Thursday when his team said he tested positive for abnormal testosterone levels one week ago after stage 17. Some of the reaction:

"It hurts a lot, it hurts for Landis and for the sport. The sport had just been recovering after what happened before the Tour began, and this just hurts it when it was beginning to get over the past." — Oscar Pereiro, the Spanish cyclist who finished second to Landis at the Tour.

"There is always someone who wants to make a bigger bet than everyone else. It saddens me. We established rules in 1998 that some people still choose not to respect." — Laurent Brochard, 1997 cycling world champion.

"He said, 'There's no way.' I really believe him. I don't think he did anything wrong." — Arlene Landis, Floyd Landis' mother, who said her son called her Thursday afternoon from Europe.

"Floyd was dealing with his own emotions on the phone, and I told him to be strong. There is a reason for this, and it's to give him greater glory, to give God greater glory when the whole thing is finished. . . . Of course, he wasn't happy about it, but they're spoiling everything he's supposed to be doing right now. Why couldn't they take care of this before they pronounced him the winner? Lance went through this, too. Somebody doesn't want him to win." — Arlene Landis.

"You build up and create a new hero, and he gets slapped down. It's a serious blow." — Dick Pound, leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency

"Nevertheless, the test was after stage of Morzine, his big heroic ride, there will always be suspicions around it. It's horrifying to read this . . . People have been saying this is a clean Tour, the real values of Tour are back again, and this is a big disappointment for everybody." — Stephen Roche, 1987 Tour de France winner

"I'm surprised that someone could get caught stupidly after making such a beautiful stage win and winning the Tour." — Christophe Basson, a former cyclist with the Francaise du Jeu team

"We will be saddened if, unfortunately, the (backup) test confirms what the first test showed. It's anger more than anything else . . . We are going to have to make those who haven't understood it yet understand it now." — Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme.

"He will be fighting . . . waiting for the B analysis and then proving to everyone that this can be natural." — Phonak manager John Lelangue.

"We are confident in the first (test). For us, the first one is already good." — International Cycling Union spokesman Enrico Carpani.