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Greg LeMond’s lawyers representing Floyd Landis; UCI asks Landis to shut up re: alleged conspiracy

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Floyd Landis, who last month admitted doping throughout his cycling career and accused Lance Armstrong and others, has hired a law firm that once represented cyclist Greg LeMond. The UCI also has sent a “strongly-worded” letter to Landis asking him to stop making claims that Lance Armstrong conspired with a UCI official to suppress an alleged positive doping test.

Landis caused a sensation last month when he admitted to systematic doping prior to being stripped of his Tour de France crown in 2006.

(Related: Directory of VeloNews articles on Landis’ allegations)

The American also named Lance Armstrong, among other former teammates at the defunct U.S. Postal team, and the team’s manager Johan Bruyneel, not only of doping but of conspiring with a UCI official to have a positive Armstrong test suppressed.

Armstrong and Bruyneel have categorically denied all the accusations.

The newspaper cited “two people with knowledge of the situation” as saying Landis has received a “strongly-worded” letter from the office of Hein Verbruggen, a former president of the UCI who was accused by Landis of colluding to suppress a positive drug test for Armstrong.

A UCI spokesman told VeloNews that the organization had sent a letter to Landis “inviting him to withdraw the allegations against the UCI.”

Pat McQuaid, who took over as president of the UCI in 2006, told The (New York) Daily News the letter was sent by the organization’s counsel.

“They are asking him to cease and desist from making statements he’s made about Mr. Verbruggen in the past few weeks because they are not true,” McQuaid told the paper.

Landis is being represented by the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, a firm that represented LeMond in various lawsuits, including a recent dispute with Trek Bicycle Company.

According to the newspaper, a team of lawyers from the firm will advise Landis in the event he faces criminal charges or defamation lawsuit.

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