September 20, 2007 – The USADA (US Anti-doping Agency) has just announced that Floyd Landis’ appeal to the three-member panel of the American Arbitration Agency (AAA) has been denied and a 2-year suspension will apply according to AP. The 31-year-old cyclist may appeal the ruling to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. The AAA panel led by president Patrice Brunet of Montreal with Richard H. McLaren of London, Ontario, and Chris Campbell, of San Francisco, was split 2-1 in the guilty verdict.
Landis, formerly with Phonak, won the 2006 TdF, but tested positive for synthetic testosterone on stage 17 of the Tour where he delivered one of cycling’s most impressive performances ever and rebounded into contention after cracking on Stage 16. Landis denied taking any illicit substances, claiming that the laboratory which tested him positive had botched the analysis which lead to the appeal before the AAA.