Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has released a detailed online presentationwhich he says proves his innocence after he tested positive for testosteroneduring this year’s Tour.The American, who tested positive for an 11-1 testosterone-epitestosterone
ratio after the race’s 17th stage, has always protested his innocenceand is hoping the several hundreds of pages of evidence will help clearhis name. The normal ratio for an adult male is 1-1 and World Anti-DopingAgency standards allow for a 4-1 ratio before penalties go into effect.So far Landis has not been sanctioned. He is scheduled to present hiscase to an arbitration panel in a few months time in the hope that allegedinconsistencies in the testing procedures will clear his name.In the event of a sanction, Landis would become the first winner ofthe world’s most famous bike race to lose the yellow jersey for a dopingoffence. The top three finishers in the 1904 Tour were disqualified forcheating.Early Thursday, Landis posted a presentation prepared by Arnie Baker,a retired doctor and longtime coach and adviser, as well as several hundredpages of documents related to the charges on his website www.floydlandis.com.The American and his lawyer, Howard Jacobs, were already given shortshrift when a review board from the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA)last month rejected their pleas for a dismissal of the case. Landis’s most recent efforts to clear his name focus mainly on alleged proceduralerrors made by the French laboratory which dealt with his samples.His presentation claims to highlight inconsistencies in both the paperworkand the results provided by the lab which reported abnormal ratios of testosteroneto epitestosterone in both Landis’s samples, as well as the presence ofsynthetic testosterone.Also on the online presentation, Landis’s defense team claim the labincorrectly labeled samples and ignored the World Anti-Doping Agency testingstandards and chain-of-custody protocol, among numerous other mistakes.”The whole process has been full of errors,” Baker concludes at onepoint in the presentation.After having his pleas rejected by the USADA, Landis will now presenta formal appeal to a panel from the American Arbitration Society earlyin 2007.Landis, 30, last week underwent successful surgery for a hip replacementafter it was badly damaged in a crash.The injury meant the American, who grew up in a strict Mennonite Christian communityin Pennsylvania, had been racing for the past couple of seasons with aserious hip condition which required him to use pain-killing drugs.After testing positive, Landis claimed several factors could have accountedfor the result, including thyroid medication, cortisone injections he wastaking for his damaged hip and his body’s tendency to produce too muchtestosterone.
If you have difficulty logging on to Landis’s site, please try to accesscopies of those same documents hosted here on VeloNews.comThe Landis Slide Show.Landis presentation to the USADA review board.