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Floyd Landis stripped of 2006 Tour de France title for doping

The winner of the 2006 Tour de France, Floyd Landis, has been stripped from the title after his appeal fails.

Floyd Landis stripped of 2006 Tour de France title for doping The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced on Thursday that Floyd Landis has been stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title, after losing his appeal in the doping case. An independent panel found 2-1 votes that the sample Floyd Landis gave after Stage 17 of the 2006 Tour de France tested positive for exogenous testosterone and upheld the 2-year ban on Landis, which will expire on January 2009.

 A statement from the United States Anti-Doping Agency read: "USADA brought the case against Mr. Landis because, as the independent panel confirmed today, the scientific evidence established that he had committed a doping violation. Here, despite the intense public pressure applied by Mr. Landis and his high-priced legal and public relations team, we knew that doing what was right required staying the course and fulfilling our duty to clean athletes. This ruling is a victory for all clean athletes and everyone who values fair and honest competition. This case is really just another sad example of the crisis of character which plagues some of today's athletes and undermines the honest achievements of all those who compete with integrity."

 Floyd Landis has 30 days to file another appeal. If Landis forgoes the appeal, the runner-up in 2006, the Spaniard Oscar Pereiro, will be credited with the 2006 Tour de France title. Oscar Pereiro has also had brushes with the doping commission in 2006. Pereiro proved earlier this year that he had been cleared to use Ventolin, an inhaler prescribed to ease asthma, which he used during the competition.

Published on 09/20/2007

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