DOPE: Floyd Landis Stripped Of Tour De France Crown

blooddoping.jpgINQUIRER: Floyd Landis, the Lancaster County cyclist whose sensational 2006 Tour de France victory was tainted almost immediately by an equally sensational drug scandal, was officially stripped of his title yesterday when arbitrators upheld a test result that indicated he had used synthetic testosterone.Landis, who spent $2 million for a defense that included a bitter public hearing in California, now has one final option: He has a month to appeal the arbitrator’s 2-1 decision to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport. He has been vociferously proclaiming his innocence ever since, four days after his Tour victory, a French lab reported unusual levels of testosterone in a sample Landis provided after his spectacular comeback in one of the race’s final stages. MORE

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