Landis faces ban from cycling after losing appeal
Floyd Landis lost his appeal against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Thursday when arbitrators upheld the lab results taken during the 2006 Tour de France, which showed him testing positive for synthetic testosterone. Landis has to forfeit his Tour de France title and will be banned from cycling until January 2009.
Landis has repeatedly denied using testosterone.
He appealed the test results based on mishandled lab samples by the French lab that reported him positive for testosterone, according to BBC.
Landis can appeal one step further, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. If he does not get the ruling overturned by that final appeal, however, Landis will be the first person in the 105 years of the race to have his title taken away from doping charges, according to the Associated Press.
"For the Panel to find in favor of USADA when, with respect to so many issues, USADA did not manage to prove even the most basic parts of their case, shows that this system is fundamentally flawed. I am innocent, and we proved I am innocent,â€? Landis said, according to the Associated Press.
According to BBC, Landis has one month to decide whether or not he will appeal one last time.