Landis Admits Using Prohibited Drugs, Drags Armstrong into Doping Issue
After spending a fortune trying to deny doping accusations in the last four years, former Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has finally decided to come clean. In e-mails to sports channel ESPN, the 34-year-old American cyclist admitted for the first time that he used performance-enhancing drugs, but not without implicating compatriot Lance Armstrong into the issue.
Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France win after failing a doping test, said he decided to admit the accusations as he no longer wants “to be part of the problem.” “I want to clear my conscience,” he said. He also reopened the doping issue against seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong, saying that his fellow American cyclist was just as guilty of using PED. Landis accused Armstrong of paying former UCI president Hein Verbruggen to cover up a positive doping test in 2002. Landis said Armstrong’s positive test came at the time when he won the 2002 Tour de Suisse.
However, records show that Armstrong did not compete in the 2002 Tour de Suisse. He instead won in 2001. Armstrong has dismissed Landis’ accusation, saying in a press conference that “we have nothing to hide.” Armstrong said that the accusations should not be taken seriously as Landis has no more credibility.
Aside from Armstrong, Landis also accuses cyclists George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, and Michael Barry of doping.