Landis Says He'll Appeal Ruling, Fight for Title

Tour de France winner wants sports court to review panel's decision
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2007 7:14 PM CDT
Arbitrators, from left, Chris Campbell, Patrice Brunet and Richard McLaren confer during an arbitration hearing on the doping allegations against 2006 Tour de France cycling champion Floyd Landis at Pepperdiine...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – US cyclist Floyd Landis' fight to retain his 2006 Tour de France title will go on, he tells "I won the 2006 Tour de France fair and square," Landis writes on his website. That's why he is asking a Swiss-based sports court to reverse the split decision of a US Anti-Doping Agency panel, which Landis labels "contradictory and nonsensical."

The Court of Arbitration for Sport is considered the last resort in such cases. Landis' legal team says it will focus on sloppiness by the French lab hired to conduct the Tour's drug tests—which all three judges on the US panel criticized. Two, though, ultimately decided the lab adequately demonstrated Landis used synthetic testosterone prior to winning a key Tour stage.