Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE OBSERVERS

A Lebanese prison 'run by Islamists', and children tear-gassed in Kenya

Read more

FOCUS

Pegida, the movement dividing Germany

Read more

ENCORE!

Film Show: 'The Imitation Game', 'Phoenix' and the French Oscars

Read more

#TECH 24

'The Imitation Game': A Tribute to Alan Turing, the Father of Computers

Read more

FACE-OFF

Greek elections: A domino effect in France?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Apple breaks profit record as new iPhone bears fruit

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'There have never been so many jobseekers in France'

Read more

WEB NEWS

Japan: Online campaign to free journalist held by IS group

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Who is Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman IS group wants released?

Read more

Sports

Floyd Landis admits systematic doping, accuses Armstrong of same

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-20

US cyclist Floyd Landis, who lost his 2006 Tour de France title after testing positive on a drug test, admitted systematic doping on the site espn.com. He also accused former teammate Lance Armstrong of being part of this global process.

AFP - Cyclist Floyd Landis, who lost his Tour de France title after a positive drug test, has admitted systematic doping and accused fellow American Lance Armstrong of doing the same, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The newspaper said Landis acknowledged his own use of performance-enhancing drugs and accused fellow cyclists of using them too in emails to cycling officials and sponsors.

Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 title after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone, claimed he and other US cyclists conducted blood transfusions, and used steroids and a synthetic blood booster called erythropoietin (EPO), the Journal reported.

The emails, which were addressed to officials from USA Cycling, the International Cycling Union and elsewhere, allege Armstrong's longtime coach Johan Bruyneel introduced Landis to practices including steroid patch use and blood doping.

Landis claimed Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner, explained the doping process to him.

"He and I had lengthy discussions about it on our training rides during which time he also explained to me the evolution of EPO testing and how transfusions were now necessary due to the inconvenience of the new test," Landis wrote in one of three emails seen by the Journal.

Armstrong and Bruyneel did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment.

Landis was banned from racing for two years after failing his drug test, making his return in January 2009.

He lost an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which threw out his case in June 2008 and ordered him to pay 100,000 dollars in judicial costs to the American anti-doping agency.

Landis' attempts to clear his name are believed to have cost him some two million dollars (1.6 million euros).
 

Date created : 2010-05-20

COMMENT(S)