Floyd Landis has finally retired, saying that the battle to fix the sport’s drug-tainted image is “not my fight.” The disgraced Tour winner has caused quite a stir in the world of cycling in the past year.
Landis told ESPN.com on Monday that he “spent five years trying to get back to a place that I can never really go back to, and it’s causing more stress than is worth it.”
Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis has finished fourth overall in New Zealand’s premier road Tour, the Tour of Southland. He ended the nine-stage race more than three minutes behind winner Hayden Roulston of New Zealand.
Just 1/1000th of a second secured Calder Stewart-Bike NZ cyclist Hayden Roulston his fourth PowerNet Tour of Southland title in Invercargill.
The American rider has hired criminal defence attorney Brian Daly, a former U.S. federal prosecutor, following allegations made by fellow countryman and ex-team mate Floyd Landis.
Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour title following a positive dope test, has accused Armstrong and several other American riders of using performance-enhancing drugs.
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.
Thursday was a bad day for Lance Armstrong. Before starting stage 5 of the Tour of California he had to field questions by reporters regarding the allegations made against him by Floyd Landis and then later that day he abandoned the Amgen Tour of California with bad injuries after a mass pileup.
Floyd Landis, the American cyclist whose 2006 Tour De France victory was nullified after a positive doping test, has sent a series of emails to cycling officials and sponsors admitting to, and detailing, his systematic use of performance enhancing drugs during his career. The emails also claim that other riders and cycling officials allegedly participated in doping, including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.