Landis and Baker ordered to stand trial in France for computer hacking
Floyd Landis and his former coach Arnie Baker have been ordered to stand trial in France for computer hacking.
Landis and Baker are subject to an international arrest warrant and stand charged of “fraudulently breaking into a computer system,” according to lawyer Frederik-Karel Canoy, who is acting on the behalf of the Vivendi media company.
Both Landis and Baker are suspected of illegally obtaining documentation from the French Anti-Doping Laboratory (LNDD) in a bid to contest the American rider’s positive test results from stage 16 of the 2006 Tour de France.
Landis and Baker have each denied hacking.
Landis spent four years, and millions of dollars, in a bid to prove he never cheated to win the world’s biggest bike race.
Earlier this year he confessed that he systematically doped for years. He also claimed that many other former teammates, including Lance Armstrong, had done the same.
Armstrong has denied ever doping.
The French state prosecutor had initially ruled there was insufficient evidence to charge Landis with hacking, however that decision was overruled by the ‘Tribunal Correctionel’ in Nanterre just outside Paris.
A Tribunal correctionnel is a criminal court which usually handles serious cases.
Landis is racing at the Tour of Southland in New Zealand, where he is in fourth place following three stages.