Both the UCI and Floyd Landis' lawyer are claiming to have initiated the next stage in the investigation of Floyd Landis' alleged use of testosterone during the Tour de France: the testing of the B sample that Landis submitted after stage 17 of the Tour on July 20.
According to AFP an unnamed UCI spokesman claims the organisation requested the B sample test yesterday. "We have done this so the whole thing can be speeded up," the UCI spokesperson said. "We took this decision because of the importance of the case. Also the longer it goes on the more damage the sport risks suffering."
However, one of Landis' lawyers, Jose Maria Buxeda yesterday told the Associated Press, "We've sent the fax to the UCI this afternoon. Now we'll have to adjust to their calendar."
The lab where the tests will be conducted, at Chatenay-Malabry in Paris, closes for holidays at the end of this week, so it's likely Landis' B sample will be tested between Thursday and Saturday, the UCI said.
Buxeda said that Landis is willing to attend the analysis, depending on exactly when it occurs. Both Landis and his lawyers have said they expect the B sample to give the same result as the A, which showed an elevated ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone that is indicative of doping. Nevertheless, Landis claims he is innocent of doping, and there is a natural explanation for his elevated testosterone to epitestosterone ratio.
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