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November 15, 2006

Landis lab admits "administrative" error

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The Chatenay-Malabry lab that initiated doping findings against 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis admitted today (in Le Monde, in French) that its report on Landis's B-sample includes the wrong number for the sample tested.

Landis and his team have pointed out that the sample Landis provided was labeled 995474. In the report, the lab referred to the tested B sample as number 994474. The Landis team suggests this "has to make you wonder about the accuracy of the work."

The lab, for its part, says the sample tested was Floyd's.

"The error, of an administrative nature, does not mean the positive B sample was not that of the American," Le Monde said. "But it is being used today by his lawyers ... to contest his positive doping results."

Meanwhile, Landis spokesman Michael Henson says no one working for Landis was involved in the hacking of the lab's computers and clumsily forged e-mails questioning the lab's abilities.

Henson told Samuel Abt:

"We don't know who would perpetrate this ... We certainly don't know what the source of this incident is.

"We're following the news, but we haven't been contacted by any authorities," Henson continued. "We're not challenging the report, but we need to see details of the investigation."


Posted by Frank Steele on November 15, 2006 in Doping, Floyd Landis, Top Stories, Tour de France 2006 | Permalink

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let me stop laughing for a minute... you mean that he is clean just like Lance was all those years....simply amazing....He french...score board...last 8 tours...America-8 France-0
Deal with that sample.

Posted by: antonio at Nov 15, 2006 10:20:37 PM

When are the cycling governing bodies going to start acting professionally.

- Only in cycling do the accused get dragged through the mud while the labs in question make "administrative mistakes".

If you're going to accuse someone of cheating, you better act professionally and do you job flawlessly. People's careers and names are on the line. Yet slipshod work seems to be the norm, not the exception. Perhaps the lab was too busy leaking information to the press to do its job.

This situation is even worst since the WADA president Pound as already pronounced Landis guilty even before the hearing. That should be a fair hearing.

Cycling will never be a clean sport until the authorities that are enforcing the rules start behaving in an ethical and professional manner. Currently these drug investigations appear to be political in nature.

So if you want Cycling to be a clean sport, we need to clean house at the UCI, WADA, and the tours...

Posted by: David at Nov 16, 2006 12:14:29 AM