The winner of the 2006 Tour de France, Floyd Landis, was in Madrid for the final stage of the Vuelta a España and repeated to journalists that he was not guilty of having boosted his performances despite having been tested positive for a too high testosterone/epitestosterone ratio during the event in July.
Landis had been in the Spanish capital since Thursday to meet with his lawyers. "The Tour's doping tests are full of irregularities," the American told Spanish Marca. "I'm innocent and I think my lawyers are going to be able to prove it, although they've had lots of difficulties gathering information.
"I have come to talk with my lawyers and also to say goodbye to my colleagues at Phonak, given the fact that after the Tour I hardly had time to do so," he explained, adding that he still felt that he was the winner of the 2006 Tour de France. "But I can understand my friend Pereiro too - it's a complicated situation."
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