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Landis - the mirror cracked

By:
Gerard Knapp
Published:
October 26, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:33 BST
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Latest Cycling News for October 26, 2006

By Gerard Knapp The presentation of this year's route was not without its controversial moment, as...

By Gerard Knapp

The presentation of this year's route was not without its controversial moment, as the traditional eight-minute film that is shown during the presentation - reviewing the most recent Tour and other great moments in the race - ended with the American winner of the 2006 Tour, Floyd Landis, on the winner's podium, but then the image then changed to become a cracked mirror.

Landis, who failed a doping test taken during this year's Tour, was not invited to attend Thursday's presentation. He strenuously denies the doping charge and is mounting a spirited defense. While there has been no official change to the results - as this cannot be done until the legal process involved in suspending an athlete has runs its course - it appears that ASO no longer considers him to be the champion.

Click here for the full report on the presentation of the 94th Tour de France.
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