By Tim Maloney, European Editor
Floyd Landis' spokesman Michael Henson has denied recent reports that the American will retire from the sport, branding them as "misleading". Cyclingnews spoke to Henson after Landis was unreachable, believed to be training in the mountains near his Californian home.
Henson's statement is as follows:
"These recent wire reports regarding Floyd's supposed 'retirement' are misleading and miss the more subtle point that Floyd made during his interviews with Het Laatste Nieuws and Gazet van Antwerpen and that were re-reported by Agence France Presse."
"Floyd is still determined to fight the unsubstantiated charges brought against him with the same determination and intensity that he brings to his training and racing. It is Floyd's steadfast goal to clear his name and restore what he has worked so hard to achieve. Floyd believes if he is given a fair hearing, then he has every confidence that the result will maintain his long-held innocence. Once he is cleared, he has every intention of returning to racing at the highest level. If Floyd is sanctioned, however, then he does not want to idle away two years of his life only to come back to race in a system that lacks fundamental fairness and has the deep flaws of the one currently in place. He has already been subjected to extremely unfair treatment by the UCI and WADA, who have leveled specious allegations against him in a very public, negative and damaging way."
"We believe that the anti-doping organizations and the sports bureaucracies have acted with gross misconduct in Floyd's case and have not abided by fundamental principles of fairness recognized by WADA's own mission statement. Floyd never wants to go through another experience like this. He feels that the best outcome of his case is that he is proven innocent so that he can return to racing and that the system undergoes fundamental reform so that other athletes are given the rights that have not been extended to him. He is very focused on his case, but he is training with the hope of returning to professional competition. It is his goal and dream to race, and win, the Tour de France again. At the same time, he wants to help all athletes be treated fairly so they are not subject to the whims of a punitive system."