The embattled Tour de France winner, Floyd Landis, has been summoned to a hearing before the French anti-doping agency, AFLD to be held on February 8. Landis, whose urine sample returned an 'adverse analytical finding' for exogenous testosterone after stage 17 of the 2006 Tour, faces action by the US Antidoping Agency (USADA) as well, but no date has been set for that hearing.
Unlike the USADA hearing, which will ultimately decide whether Landis will be sanctioned over the test results, the AFLD hearing will only decide whether Landis will be allowed to compete in France. However, this could mean that even if Landis is cleared by USADA, he could still be prohibited from racing the Tour de France by the AFLD. This would be a major blow to the American who recently expressed his desire to win the Tour again.
Landis has been busy with a public relations campaign to argue his innocence, and will likely be represented by one of his lawyers at the hearing in Paris, according to AFP reports. He recently appeared in Virginia where an auction was held to raise money for his defense through the 'Floyd Fairness Fund', and it appears that he will have extra incentive to fill the coffers now that he faces legal proceedings on two continents. According to Reuters, Landis hopes to raise more than $2 million through the fund.
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