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Landis Stripped of Tour Title after Confirmation of Doping

Floyd Landis has been stripped of his Tour de France victory and fired by his team after a second test confirmed that he had synthetic testosterone in his system.

Floyd Landis was fired by his team and the Tour de France no longer considered him its champion after his second doping sample tested positive Saturday for higher-than-allowed levels of testosterone. The second or “B” sample, “confirmed the result of an adverse analytical finding” in the “A” sample, the International Cycling Union said.

The Swiss-based team Phonak immediately severed ties with Landis and the UCI said it would ask USA Cycling to open disciplinary proceedings against him. “Landis will be dismissed without notice for violating the teams internal Code of Ethics,” Phonak said in a statement. “Landis will continue to have legal options to contest the findings. However, this will be his personal affair, and the Phonak team will no longer be involved in that.”

Given the politics of international sports and the inherent corruption in the system, we’ll never know for sure whether Landis was legitimately dirty or was set up. Still, owing proof of the latter, the reasonable bet is the former. Truly disgraceful.


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