Latest Cycling News for August 5, 2006
Edited by Anthony Tan
Landis' counsel issues statement on B sample finding
By Anthony Tan
Responding to today's announcement from the UCI that confirmed the "adverse
analytical finding" of Thursday, July 27, four days after Floyd Landis
won the 2006 Tour de France, the American's legal counsel has been swift
to issue a statement in his defence.
Landis's attorney, Howard Jacobs, has indicated his team will not only
challenge the result, which revealed a high testosterone:epitestosterone
ratio after Stage 17 of the Tour de France, but also the alleged lack
of protocol followed by the UCI - namely, the premature announcement of
the A sample finding, and the anonymous UCI source, who confirmed the
presence of exogenous testosterone via the Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry
test (IRMS) to the New York Times.
However, one thing remains unclear: will Floyd Landis and his legal counsel
be basing their primary defence on the reliability of the carbon-isotope
test, or can they prove that the 2006 Tour winner did not have exogenous
testosterone in his urine the day he was tested positive?
When Cyclingnews posed the question to Michael Henson over the
telephone today, who is acting as Landis' spokesperson and communications
counsel, he replied: "I can't really comment on pending ligitation, but
I can say that Floyd and his attorney are preparing their defence."
Henson also indicated his camp are yet to receive the official results:
"We were following the news, just as you have," he said. "To my knowledge,
we have received no official notification, no official results from the
UCI or WADA, so we're assuming that just as [done] on the A sample, the
T:E ratio was tested and the carbon-isotope test was done. By at at this
stage, as of now, I don't have any official results sitting in front of
Asked when Jacobs et al. will begin their defence, Henson said it will
be around two to three weeks, but the entire legal proceeding could take
at least six months before it's complete.
"I believe there is a timeline that this follows, and I believe in the
next three weeks, USADA will be doing its facts-finding, and during that
time, Floyd and his lawyer, Howard Jacobs, are going to be preparing their
defence to go in front of a review panel.
"I don't think he was hoping, I think he's very realistic," said Henson
on Landis' expectations that the B sample would return a false-positive
"He was realistic throughout. There's always a glimmer of hope in an
athlete who's innocent and wants to be vindicated, rather than go through
a process that will involve six months - at the very least - of legal
procedures," he said.
The full statement can be read below:
Los Angeles, August 5, 2006 The UCI (International Cycling Union)
today announced that the results of the 'B' analysis conducted on Floyd
Landis's urine sample of July 20, 2006 are consistent with the findings
of the 'A' sample. Both samples were taken following Landis's victory
in stage 17 of the Tour de France. The results of the 'A' sample were
released on July 26. Landis will pursue the appeal procedures established
by the UCI in order to overturn the laboratory results. It is expected
that the matter will now be referred to USA Cycling.
Landis, who has not used performance-enhancing substances, maintains
his innocence in this case and believes that he will be vindicated of
the doping charges.
'I have never taken any banned substance, including testosterone. I
was the strongest man in the Tour de France, and that is why I am the
champion,' said Landis. 'I will fight these charges with the same determination
and intensity that I bring to my training and racing. It is now my goal
to clear my name and restore what I worked so hard to achieve.'
Landis's attorney, Howard Jacobs, has begun preparing the case for
arbitration. If the case follows the normal protocol, it is expected
to be resolved within four to six months.
'At this point in time, I am waiting to receive the full laboratory
documentation for the 'B' test. In consultation with some of the leading
medical and scientific experts, we will prove that Floyd Landis's victory
in the 2006 Tour de France was not aided in any respect by the use of
any banned substances,' said Jacobs.
Landis and Jacobs will also argue against the UCI's premature release
of the 'A' sample findings as well as the anonymous leak of the carbon-isotope
test results to the New York Times on July 31.
'I call on the UCI to start following its own rules and to allow this
process to proceed without the further taint of public comment by UCI
officials,' added Jacobs. 'The anti-doping process must be free from
the perception that sports federations and anti-doping authorities,
who hold great political and financial sway over sport, are attempting
to influence the outcome of a pending case by issuing inappropriate
Cyclingnews' coverage of the Floyd Landis case
29, 2009 - French authorities summon Landis and Baker
September 28, 2008 - Landis
takes case to US federal court
September 10, 2008 - Landis
signing with current Health Net-Maxxis team for 2009
July 1, 2008 - CAS
delivers final blow to Landis legal challenge
June 30, 2008 - Landis
loses final appeal
June 28, 2008 - Landis
decision due Monday
March 12, 2008 - Landis'
judgment day nears
October 21, 2007 - Landis
files appeal with CAS
October 18, 2007 - AFLD
takes another look at Landis case
Thursday, October 11 -
Landis continues fight, appeals to CAS
Saturday, September 22
- UCI officially names Pereiro 2006 Tour champion, Landis case raises issues
Friday, September 21 -
Landis' appeal denied, two year suspension levied
complete coverage of the Floyd Landis case
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