Floyd Landis, who last month admitted doping throughout his cycling career and accused Lance Armstrong and others, has hired a law firm that once represented cyclist Greg LeMond. The UCI also has sent a “strongly worded” letter to Landis asking him to stop making claims that Lance Armstrong conspired with UCI official to suppress an alleged positive doping test.
Landis caused a sensation last month when he admitted to systematic doping prior to being stripped of his Tour de France crown in 2006.
The American also Lance Armstrong, among other former teammates at the defunct U.S. Postal team, and the team’s manager Johan Bruyneel, not only of doping but also conspiring with an International Cycling Union official to have a positive Armstrong test suppressed.
Armstrong and Bruyneel have categorically denied all the accusations.
The newspaper cited “two people with knowledge of the situation” as saying Landis has received a “strongly-worded” letter from the office of Hein Verbruggen, a former president of the UCI who was accused by Landis of colluding to suppress a positive drug test for Armstrong.
Pat McQuaid, who took over as president of the UCI in 2006, confirmed that the letter had been sent from UCI’s general counsel.
“They are asking him to cease and desist from making statements he’s made about Mr. Verbruggen in the past few weeks because they are not true,” McQuaid told The (New York) Daily News on Monday, according to a story posted on the newspaper’s Web site.
Landis has hired the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, a firm that represented LeMond in various lawsuits, including a recent dispute with the Trek Bicycle Corporation.
According to the newspaper, a team of lawyers from the firm will advise Landis in the event he faces a criminal case or defamation lawsuit.
Courtesy Agence France Presse