Cycling: Landis called before French doping board

12th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 12, 2007 (AFP) - Drug-tainted Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has been called to appear before the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) on February 8, the body's president Pierre Bordry told AFP on Friday.

PARIS, Jan 12, 2007 (AFP) - Drug-tainted Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has been called to appear before the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) on February 8, the body's president Pierre Bordry told AFP on Friday.

The 32-year-old American won the Tour de France last July, largely due to an heroic effort on stage 17 of the race.

But it later transpired that he tested positive for testosterone after that stage and he has been in cycling limbo ever since - suspended from racing and fighting to clear his name.

Bordy said that Landis would most likely be represented at the hearing in Paris by one of his lawyers.

However even if they judge Landis to be guilty of doping the AFLD will only be able to bar the rider from taking part in competitions on French soil.

Only the American Cycling Federation and the International Cycling Union (UCI) have the right to suspend the rider, and in the case of the UCI, to eventually strip him of his Tour de France title.

Landis has built his defence around inconsistencies by the French laboratory which analysed his samples and led to his positive result.

But Bordry insisted: "The test on the B sample took place in the presence of three experts including one approved by Floyd Landis."

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Subject: French news

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