Floyd Landis and his OUCH team have agreed to mutually part ways as the former stage race front runner plans to take on, according to an official press release, "the longer, tougher stage races offered in Europe and Internationally that better suit his strengths." Rumor has it over the past few months that Landis is headed to Rock Racing.
Floyd Landis is a solid domestic pro on the back stretch of his career. That he is planning on taking on longer, International stage races next year is surprising to say the least. Landis was an also-ran in many of the races he competed in this year, and he was unable to notch even one win all year racing only on the domestic US circuit. It is unlikely that he'll succeed on the International level no matter who he rides for in 2010.
Moving to Rock Racing however seems to make perfect sense for Landis. He has yet to admit that he doped in 2007, and he'll fit right in with the stable of unapologetic outlaws that Rock Racing has assembled over the past few years. Whether he'll be able to replicate the results of such riders as Paco Mancebo and Oscar Sevilla however is another matter entirely.
Floyd Landis has done well just to return from his hip replacement procedure. He is a solid all-around support rider capable of helping elite stage racers in domestic races, but clearly he'll have a tough time merely keeping up in International races. Perhaps another off season of training will see Landis ready to take on the world in 2010, but it's not likely. Instead he'll be Internationally what he was domestically in 2009: a controversial rider who used to be one of the best riders in the world.