Hip replacement scheduled next Wednesday
Tour de France champion Floyd Landis received notice that the US Anti-Doping Review Board (ADRB) has recommended that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) move forward in the disciplinary process related to his alleged positive drug test for testosterone on July 20, 2006, the day he won the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France after a day-long escape.
Howard Jacobs, attorney for Landis, will request an open hearing by the American Arbitration Association to contest potential sanctions against the athlete. In a public statement, Jacobs said his legal team is "poised to bring a very strong case to arbitration".
"Last week's motion for dismissal provides the foundation for an appeal that uses fact-based science to support Landis' innocence. Landis is confident that the hearing will reveal the truth and he is looking forward to clearing his name in an open and public forum," said Jacobs.
While his legal team prepares for arbitration, Landis will focus on his upcoming hip replacement surgery, scheduled for next Wednesday, September 27. "Floyd is going to undergo a state of the art procedure that will maximise his chances of returning to racing at the top level," said Brent Kay, M.D., Landis' physician and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Following surgery, Landis will go through physical therapy to regain strength and range of movement in the hip.
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