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Prudhomme frustrated over slow progress of Landis case

Prudhomme frustrated over slow progress of Landis case

The Tour de France's director general expressed frustration Tuesday over the slow progress of Floyd Landis' doping case.
"The anti-doping commission in the United States won't meet until the first days of March to study the Landis case _ that's too much time," Christian Prudhomme was quoted as saying in sports daily As. "The situation is unbearable."
The Tour no longer considers Landis the winner of cycling's biggest race after the American tested positive for elevated testosterone to epitestosterone levels after his dramatic win in the 17th stage.
"The disappointment is that we're going to know who the winner of 2007 is before we get to know who won in 2006," Prudhomme said. "(It's) horrible."
Prudhomme said Landis' case was similar to events surrounding the 2005 Spanish Vuelta, when it took near six months for runner-up Denis Menchov to be named winner after the Spanish Cycling Federation banned winner Roberto Heras after the Spaniard tested positive for EPO.
"We don't know why the wait is so long," Prudhomme said. "In the road book, when we have to print the names of the winner, maybe this year we are obliged to leave the name of the winner blank.
"What else can we do?"
Like the Vuelta, the Tour will name a winner once there is a final judgment in Landis' case.
"The Tour doesn't make exceptions. These are the rules," Prudhomme said.
Landis denies using any banned substances and is contesting that the Chatenay-Malabry lab _ which is accredited by the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency _ got his test results wrong.
If found guilty, the 31-year-old American will be formally stripped of the title and face a two-year ban.
Also, Prudhomme refused to comment on whether Discovery Team rider Ivan Basso would be allowed to race in this year's event after the Italian, along with 1997 winner Jan Ullrich, was among nine riders banned from the 2006 Tour due to links to Spain's "Operation Puerto" doping probe.
"The Tour can refuse a rider, but we don't know what will happen with Ivan. It depends on how the Puerto case evolves as it's not completed yet," Prudhomme said.
"To end with the cheaters is a question of life and death for cycling and that needs to be understood. We have to keep going and that's what we're going to do, that the winner of the Tour is the outright winner."


Updated : 2021-10-25 23:04 GMT+08:00