June 30, 2008 (Lausanne, Switzerland) — Floyd Landis (formerly Phonak) has lost his final appeal, trying to overturn his conviction for doping with artificial testosterone when he won the 2006 Tour de France. In addition to losing his appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Landis was ordered to pay $100,000 of the cost of arbitration in this case. The decision followed after five days of testimony was heard in New York City this past March.
The 32-year-old American won the 2006 Tour de France but failed a doping test for artificial testosterone during the Tour. He was prosecuted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in May 2007 by a panel of arbitrators. In September 2007, the 3-man panel announced a split-decision guilty verdict. Landis appealed that ruling to the international CAS, the highest court in sporting disputes.
Landis was also challenging his cycling suspension that expires in January, 2009. He was previously stripped of the 2006 TdF winner’s and the yellow jersey was awarded to second place finisher, Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d’Epargne).
For more on this story Reuters and previously in Pedal.