Thursday, July 27, 2006

Whoa!! Floyd Landis accused of doping!

According to the AP, Tour de France champion Floyd Landis tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the race.

His Swiss-based Phonak team said it was notified by the UCI on Wednesday that Landis' sample showed "an unusual level of testosterone/epitestosterone" when he was tested after stage 17 of the race last Thursday. That was the same day he made his amazing comeback.

Speculation that Landis had tested positive spread earlier Thursday after he failed to show up for a one-day race in Denmark. A day earlier, he missed a scheduled event in the Netherlands.

Landis has been suspended by his team pending the results. If a second sample confirms the initial finding, he will be fired from the team, Phonak said. Landis wrapped up his Tour de France win on Sunday, keeping the title in U.S. hands for the eighth straight year.

News reports this morning quoted team members saying they have no idea where Landis is.

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