By Susan Westemeyer
Floyd Landis won't be able to prove his innocence, according to outspoken German anti-doping expert Dr. Werner Franke. "You have to laugh at this announcement. The tests have shown without doubt that Landis' high testosterone count was not produced by his own body, but is of a vegetable basis. That proves that the testosterone was synthetically produced and had to be introduced from outside."
He also put down T-Mobile's proposed new blood tests. "This method is not scientifically certified. This is just fine talk, like we have heard over and over in the past years, which in the end doesn't bring anything."
He is also skeptical of stricter doping tests, he told the press agency sid, saying it would be more useful to conduct intensive controls during training and preparation times, such as when athletes are in altitude training camps.
Cyclingnews' coverage of the Floyd Landis case
September 28, 2008 - Landis takes case to US federal court
September 10, 2008 - Landis signing with current Health Net-Maxxis team for 2009
July 1, 2008 - CAS delivers final blow to Landis legal challenge
June 30, 2008 - Landis loses final appeal
June 28, 2008 - Landis decision due Monday
March 12, 2008 - Landis' judgment day nears
October 21, 2007 - Landis files appeal with CAS
October 18, 2007 - AFLD takes another look at Landis case
Thursday, October 11 - Landis continues fight, appeals to CAS
Saturday, September 22 - UCI officially names Pereiro 2006 Tour champion, Landis case raises issues
Friday, September 21 - Landis' appeal denied, two year suspension levied