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Arbitrators close Landis case

Floyd Landis (Smith & Nephew)

Floyd Landis (Smith & Nephew) (Image credit: Daniel Simms)

Decision expected within a week

The long-awaited decision following the Floyd Landis' arbitration hearing will soon be known. Arbitrators officially closed the hearing this week after one last meeting according to Sports Illustrated. Landis' public hearing occurred during two weeks in May.

The decision could determine whether Landis gets to keep his 2006 Tour de France title. He tested positive for high levels of testosterone during Stage 17 of last year's race. Landis has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings and has spent the summer since his trial racing 100 mile mountain bike races and making other public appearances.

A ruling is expected no later than September 22; arbitrators are now formalizing their final decision in writing. However, the decision may not truly be final; the losing side may appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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