From The Associated Press
U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis found guilty of doping
Updated Thu. Sep. 20 2007 3:25 PM ET
PARIS -- Floyd Landis lost his expensive and explosive doping case Thursday when arbitrators upheld the results of a test that showed the 2006 Tour de France champion used synthetic testosterone to fuel his spectacular comeback victory, The Associated Press has learned.
The decision means Landis, who repeatedly has denied using performance-enhancing drugs, must forfeit his Tour de France title and is subject to a two-year ban, retroactive to Jan. 30, 2007.
The ruling, handed down nearly four months after a bizarre and bitterly fought hearing, leaves the American with one final way to possibly salvage his title -- an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
If Landis doesn't appeal, he'll be the first person in the 105-year history of the race to lose the title because of a doping offence.
Tour de France race director welcomes decision to uphold Landis positive doping test
Updated Thu. Sep. 20 2007 5:36 PM EST
PARIS (AP) -Tour de France officials finally got what they wanted Thursday - a new champion.
With American cyclist Floyd Landis' guilty doping verdict just hours old, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) said Landis would be wiped from the record books, making Oscar Pereiro the new champion.
"According to our rules we will be stripping him of his title and awarding it to Pereiro,'' Pat McQuaid said by telephone. "He has the chance whether to appeal or not. ... But there's nothing to stop us now from stripping him of his title.''
Stage 17 of the 2006 Tour.
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