Floyd Landis will ride for OUCH, a re-vamped team formerly known as Health Net-Maxxis.
By Steve Frothingham
Floyd Landis will race next year for the new domestic squad OUCH, a revamped version of the Health Net – Maxxis team.
The team’s title sponsor is the OUCH Sports Medical Center in California. The sports center’s co-founder, Dr. Brent Kay, is Landis’ personal physician and oversaw his hip resurfacing surgery in 2006.
The team, OUCH Presented by Maxxis, will include most of the riders on the 2008 Health Net team, including National Racing Calendar champion Rory Sutherland, Tim Johnson, Roman Kilun, Karl Menzies and John Murphy. The team is owned by Momentum Sports Group and will be managed by Mike Tamayo.
Several members of the team held a short training camp in North Carolina two weeks ago, tied to wind tunnel testing there.
Several other new riders will be announced as soon as next week, team communications director Jeff Sobul told VeloNews on Friday.
Sobul said the UCI Continental-registered team will focus on a domestic calendar similar to Health Net’s schedule, including the Tour of California and the NRC.
Landis is eligible to race at the end of January, at the completion of his two-year suspension for doping in the 17th stage of the 2006 Tour de France. Landis has denied doping and appealed the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. Landis lost that appeal, but maintains his innocence.