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Landis hearing closes in New York

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Mar. 24, 2008

By Agence France Presse

Floyd Landis is expected to learn in June whether or not his appeal to a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) panel that concluded here Monday will overturn his positive doping test.

CAS announced Monday that the closed-door hearing that began last Wednesday, breaking only on Easter Sunday, had concluded with post-hearing submissions due from both sides by April 18.

Because of the time needed to study the presentations and later evidence submissions, a CAS statement said that no decision is expected before June.

Landis, 32, hopes the CAS appeal board — David Williams of New Zealand, Paris attorney Jan Paulsson and New York lawyer David Rivkin — will overturn the ruling against him by a US arbitration panel last September.

Landis was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title after standing atop the podium following the final stage, undone when he tested positive for synthetic testosterone after the penultimate 17th stage of the race.

The American had fallen back in stage 16 but rallied in stage 17 to reclaim almost eight minutes on his way to a now-disgraced victory moment.

Landis denied any wrongdoing and appealed to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in an open hearing last may. But the USADA panel ruled 2-1 against him, resulting in a two-year ban through January 29, 2009.

The International Cycling Union stripped Landis of his 2006 crown after that verdict, awarding the title to Spain’s Oscar Pereiro.

Landis presented the case anew to the global panel, again attacking the credibility of the French laboratory which handled his doping samples.

The USADA arbitration panel acknowledged several areas in which the French lab’s handling of the test sample was improper but said the carbon ratio isotope test that showed Landis testing positive outweighed those issues.

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