Monday June 30, 2008
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Floyd Landis lost his final chance
to retain his 2006 Tour de France title today, when The Court of
Arbitration for Sport upheld his doping ban. A three-person CAS
panel agreed with a previous panel's decision that his positive
doping test during the Tour two years ago was, indeed, valid.
It was the last step of the American cyclist's
multimillion-dollar challenge that attempted to poke holes in the
anti-doping establishment. Landis also has been ordered to pay $100,000 toward the legal fees of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
The decision comes just six days before the start of the 2008
Tour. Landis won the 2006 edition after a stunning comeback in
Stage 17. But the rally turned out to be fueled by synthetic
testosterone. Landis' two-year ban from cycling is due to end on January 30th of next year.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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