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Floyd Landis brings his appeal to the Court for Arbitration of Sport Wednesday.

Timeline 2006 July 19: Landis loses the Tour de France yellow jersey after stage 16. He falls more than eight minutes behind leader Oscar Pereiro.

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By Agence France Presse

Landis at the USADA hearings

Landis at the USADA hearings

Photo: Agence France Presse

Timeline

2006

July 19: Landis loses the Tour de France yellow jersey after stage 16. He falls more than eight minutes behind leader Oscar Pereiro.
July 20: Landis relaunches his bid for the yellow jersey in spectacular style, winning the 17th stage after a 130km attack. His stage win puts him 30 seconds behind Pereiro.
July 23: After seizing the yellow jersey in a time trial, Landis becomes the third US cyclist to win the Tour de France.
July 27: The International Cycling Union (UCI) announce an unidentified Tour de France rider tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Landis’ Phonak team confirms his “A” sample tested positive for an abnormal ratio of testosterone.
July 27: Landis denies doping in a teleconference with US reporters.
Aug 5: The UCI says Landis’ “B” sample confirms the “A” result. Phonak sacks him. Tour de France officials say they no longer consider him the winner, although he can’t be stripped of the title until the appeal process is complete.
Aug 15: Phonak owner Andy Rihs disbands the team.
Sept 9: US Anti-Doping Agency denies motion by Landis to dismiss the case.
Oct 12: Landis posts hundreds of pages of technical documents on his Web site, followed by public appearances drumming up support and funding for his defense.
December: USADA requests permission to test Landis’ seven backup samples from the 2006 Tour.
2007

Jan 12: The French Anti-Doping Agency summons Landis but agrees to delay its probe until after the USADA arbitration.
April: Arbitrators vote 2-1 to allow testing of Landis “B” samples at the French lab that conducted original Tour de France tests. L’Equipe quotes an anonymous source saying samples contained synthetic testosterone. Landis’ camp claims observers were denied access to testing and analysis.
May: Nine-day arbitration hearing before a three-person panel.
Sept 20: Arbitration decision announced, 2-1 against Landis.The UCI strips Landis of his Tour victory.
Oct 10: Landis announces he will appeal to the CAS.

2008

March 19: Landis appeal to be heard by a Court of Arbitration for Sport panel in New York.

Floyd Landis, stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory for doping, makes his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Wednesday in a do-or-die bid to regain his title.

The 32-year-old American has spent about $2 million fighting the positive doping test for steroid testosterone following the 17th stage of the 2006 Tour de France. He lost a 2-1 ruling before a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) arbitration panel last September.

The International Cycling Union stripped Landis of his 2006 crown after that verdict, awarding the title to Spain’s Oscar Pereiro, who finished 57 seconds behind Landis in second place.

Landis, whose ban runs until next January 29, will make his final stand in a Manhattan law office behind closed doors in a hearing expected to run five days and present much of the same evidence as was heard by the USADA panel last May.

The Swiss-based court eventually will announce its binding ruling from Lausanne.

Landis has maintained his innocence despite the positive test, blaming mistakes in testing procedure by the French laboratory for the result during his USADA hearing, which was open to the public.

“I am innocent of the doping allegations against me. I hope that the arbitrators of the case will fairly address the facts showing that the French laboratory made mistakes, which resulted in a false positive,” Landis said after announcing his appeal to CAS last October.

“Knowing that the accusations against me are simply wrong, and having risked all my energy and resources — including those of my family, friends and supporters — to show clearly that I won the 2006 Tour de France fair and square, I will continue to fight for what I know is right.”

Landis attorney Maurice Suh has said he thinks the evidence presented by his team to a US panel at the earlier hearing was enough to exonerate Landis and will have a chance to test that idea before a global panel.

“We’ve always believed in the evidence showing that the French laboratory’s flawed techniques and conclusions resulted in a false positive result,” Suh said.

“This appeal is directed at having a fair-minded arbitration panel recognize those errors and apply the facts and law to this case. If this is done, Floyd will have the justice that he seeks.”

The USADA arbitration panel noted several areas in which the French lab’s handling of the test sample was improper but said the carbon ratio isotope test that showed Landis testing positive outweighed those flaws.