Landis Stripped of Title

PARIS (AP) Floyd Landis has lost a split decision in his Tour
de France doping case. The ruling by arbitrators means that Landis
could become the first in Tour history to forfeit his title and is
subject to a two-year ban from competition.
Lead arbitrator Patrice Brunet and Richard McLaren voted to
uphold Landis' positive tests for a high testosterone level while
winning the 2006 Tour, but Christopher Campbell dissented,
according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.
The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says the ruling ``is a
victory for all clean athletes and everyone who values fair and
honest competition.'' Landis calls the ruling ``a blow to athletes
and cyclists everywhere.''
The ruling leaves Landis with only one more outlet to possibly
salvage his title -- an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for
Sport.


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