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Manager dismisses chance of Landis French trial

Manager dismisses chance of Landis French trial

Floyd Landis' team manager has dismissed as "ridiculous" the prospect of the former Tour de France winner facing trial in France for hacking into a doping laboratory's computers.
Landis is riding for the Orca Velo Merino team in the six-day Tour of Southland in New Zealand.
Team manager Wayne Hudson on Wednesday dismissed as "old news" reports that Landis and coach Arnie Baker might be tried in France for hacking the computer system of the Chatenay-Malabry lab, saying the American cyclist was "not losing any sleep" over it.
Landis was not available for comment after riding in the fourth and fifth stages of the nine-stage tour on Wednesday. He is fourth overall in the tour, which concludes Saturday.
Hudson said the warrant against Landis and Baker was issued more than 18 months ago and came up this week for reconsideration.
Judge Thomas Cassuto, who sits in Nanterre west of Paris, decided Oct. 15 that Landis and Baker should face trial but no trial date was set.
"If nothing was done, (the warrant) would have lapsed. The question was whether the warrant should stay open or not," Hudson said.
"But the warrant was never served on Floyd. So the suggestion he will stand trial in France is a ridiculous statement because they still have to serve him."
The prosecutor's office had argued against sending Landis to trial, contending the inquiry failed to show he participated in the hacking or knowingly received internal lab documents that had been obtained fraudulently.
"It's about his having somehow received some information that may have been obtained illegally from a computer in a laboratory in France and there's been no substance to it," Hudson said. "The prosecutor doesn't want to push it but the judge disagreed. By making the decision the judge is keeping the case alive.
"He (Landis) is annoyed that it has escalated unnecessarily when there's no substance to it. But he's not losing any sleep over it and is focused on the race."
The case is part of a sweeping investigation into computer hacking, triggered by a complaint filed by the Chatenay-Malabry lab denouncing intrusions into its computer system.


Updated : 2021-03-01 13:09 GMT+08:00