Landis Must Forfeit Tour Title

Disgraced champ's positive France tests upheld
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2007 3:07 PM CDT
Floyd Landis of the U.S. rides during the 19th stage of the 93rd Tour de France cycling race, a 57-kilometer (35.4-mile) individual time trial from Le Creusot to Montceau-les-Mines, France in this July...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Cyclist Floyd Landis lost his doping case today, and must give up his 2006 Tour de France title after arbitrators voted to uphold test results showing Landis cheated during his victory. He was banned from cycling until 2009; short a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the American will be the first to lose a Tour title.

In an 84-page decision, the three-member panel confirmed the accuracy of a carbon-isotope ration analysis, though the lab work did “lack the vigor the Panel would expect.” For his part, the leader of cycling’s governing body said he was pleased, charging that Landis “got a highly qualified legal team who tried to baffle everybody with science and public relations.”