USA Cycling, the national federation responsible for handling the Floyd Landis doping case, has issued a statement following Saturday's news that the B sample analysis confirmed the A result. USA Cycling will start disciplinary proceedings against Landis, and has "referred the case to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as the organisation solely responsible for the adjudication of anti-doping cases involving American athletes in the Olympic movement.
"To maintain the same level of sensitivity and respect for both the rights of all athletes and due process as the Landis case enters the formal disciplinary phase, we will continue to refrain from comment until USADA reaches a final determination and all appeals are exhausted," said Steve Johnson, CEO of USA Cycling.
"As the governing body responsible for the sport of cycling in the United States and American athletes racing abroad, USA Cycling will continue to maintain a zero-tolerance policy for doping in our sport. Fair play is paramount in maintaining the integrity of our sport and the athletes who participate in it at any level and discipline. USA Cycling will simply not tolerate doping in our sport to protect the reputation of all athletes who practice the Olympic ideals. We are committed to working with the United States Olympic Committee, the UCI, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency to ensure a level playing field for all of our athletes."