Testimony is wrapping up Wednesday in the Floyd Landis arbitration hearing. Unlike other, more dramatic days of the hearing, testimony on the final day has been limited to the more scientific variety, much of it calling into question the testing techniques used by the French lab which was responsible for testing Landis' samples from the 2006 Tour de France.
Simon Davis continued his testimony for the Landis team, which he began Tuesday. He was followed by Dr. J. Thomas Brenna, a rebuttal witness, to testify about lab software involved in the testing. Brenna first testified last week for USADA.
According to the Associated Press, Davis called the software too unreliable to produce trustworthy results. "What we're looking at is very expensive, rather large random number generators," Davis said.
On the other hand, Brenna justified the science behind the procedures done by the lab technicians. "It was easy to see because they were doing the same thing every time," said Brenna. "It was very mechanical."
Closing arguments were planned for late Wednesday afternoon, but arbitrators will have at least a month to decide a verdict. If Landis' positive test is upheld, he will lose his Tour de France title from 2006. During the review period, arbitrators will go over documents from the nine-day hearing. Upon appeal from either side, the case will move to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
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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