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Landis losing hope?

By Susan Westemeyer

Floyd Landis has put on ten kilograms, or about 22 pounds, and is not training. "Why should I?", he told Sportwereld.be. "But I still put in some time each week on my bike. And I advise the youngsters at Rock Racing."

In the meantime, Landis is waiting for his March 19 hearing before the Court of Appeal for Sports. "My lawyers told me that Lausanne has set five days to hear all the parties. I hope that I won't have to wait an additional five months to hear the results, as I did last year after my hearing in California. It is all hopeless."

However, Landis confirmed with race organizers that he is planning to contest the 100 miler mountain bike series in 2008 regardless of the outcome of his March CAS hearing.

Landis won the 2006 Tour de France, but later tested positive for testosterone. After hearings before the US Anti-Doping Agency in May, at which he continued to claim his innocence, he was given a two-year suspension, which he is now appealing.

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