STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer,
July 27, 2006
(AP) -- Tour de France champion Floyd Landis
tested positive for high levels of testosterone
during the race, his Phonak team said Thursday
on its Web site.
came a day after the UCI, cycling's world
governing body, said an unidentified rider had
failed a drug test during the Tour.
And the statement
came just four days after Landis stood on the
victory podium on the Champs-Elysees, succeeding
seven-time winner Lance Armstrong as an American
winner in Paris.
Phonak team said it was notified by the UCI on
Wednesday that Landis' sample showed "an unusual
level of testosterone/epitestosterone" when he
was tested after stage 17 of the race last
Landis made a
remarkable comeback in that Alpine stage, racing
far ahead of the field for a solo win that moved
him from 11th to third in the overall standings.
He regained the leader's yellow jersey two days
Landis rode the
Tour with a degenerative hip condition that he
has said will require surgery in the coming
weeks or months.
his mother, said Thursday that she wouldn't
blame her son if he was taking medication to
treat the pain in his injured hip, but "if it's
something worse than that, then he doesn't
deserve to win."
"I didn't talk to
him since that hit the fan, but I'm keeping
things even keel until I know what the facts
are," she said in a phone interview from her
home in Farmersville, Pa. "I know that this is a
temptation to every rider but I'm not going to
jump to conclusions ... It disappoints me."
Landis would ask for an analysis of his backup
"B" sample "to prove either that this result is
coming from a natural process or that this is
resulting from a mistake."
management and the rider were both totally
surprised of this physiological result," the
Phonak statement said.
Landis has been
suspended by his team pending the results. If
the second sample confirms the initial finding,
he will be fired from the team, Phonak said.
Landis wrapped up
his Tour de France win on Sunday, keeping the
title in U.S. hands for the eighth straight
year. Armstrong, long dogged by doping whispers
and allegations, won the previous seven.
Armstrong never has tested positive for drugs
and vehemently has denied doping.
Landis had tested positive spread earlier
Thursday after he failed to show up for a
one-day race in Denmark on Thursday. A day
earlier, he missed a scheduled event in the
On the eve of the
Tour's start, nine riders -- including pre-race
favorites Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso -- were
ousted, implicated in a Spanish doping
The names of
Ullrich and Basso turned up on a list of 56
cyclists who allegedly had contact with Spanish
doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who's at the center of
the Spanish doping probe.