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Floyd Landis, Tour De France Champ, Appeals to Revoke Drug Ban

by Medindia Content Team on October 13, 2007 at 4:10 PM
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Floyd Landis, Tour De France Champ, Appeals to Revoke Drug Ban

Floyd Landis is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn a ban imposed when he failed a drugs test after winning the 2006 Tour de France.

It follows September's ruling by a US arbitration panel that upheld findings that he used synthetic testosterone.

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The Lausanne-based CAS is Landis' final venue of appeal in the case.

"I want to take this opportunity to say again that I am innocent of the doping allegations against me," said Landis on his website.

The 31-year-old cyclist was stripped of his title and given a two-year racing suspension, which will run until January 2009.
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"I hope that the arbitrators of the case will fairly address the facts showing that the French laboratory made mistakes, which resulted in a false positive.

"Although the process of proving my innocence has been difficult for me and my family, I will not stop trying to prove my innocence," added Landis.

Landis is the first rider in the race's history to be stripped of the title for a doping offence.

Spain's Oscar Pereiro, the 2006 Tour runner-up, will receive the winner's yellow jersey in a ceremony Oct 15 in Madrid.

Source: IANS
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