PARIS (AP) _ The Associated Press has learned that Floyd Landis
has lost his doping case.
According to documents obtained by the AP, an arbitration panel
has upheld the results of a test that showed the American cyclist
used synthetic testosterone to fuel his spectacular comeback
victory in the 2006 Tour de France.
The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says the ruling ``is a
victory for all clean athletes and everyone who values fair and
honest competition.'' Landis calls the ruling ``a blow to athletes
and cyclists everywhere.''
The decision comes nearly four months after a bitterly fought
Landis, who has repeatedly denied using performance-enhancing
drugs, must forfeit his Tour de France title and is subject to a
two-year ban, retroactive to January 30th of this year.
The ruling leaves Landis with only one more outlet to possibly
salvage his title -- an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for
If Landis chooses not to do that, he'll be the first person in
the 105-year history of the Tour de France to lose the title
because of a doping offense.