Floyd Landis Loses Appeal, Must Pay $100K for U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's Legal Fees
Floyd Landis, who won the 2006 Tour de France only to have his title stripped when he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, has lost his final appeal of that positive drug test.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed his appeal today and also ruled that he must pay $100,000 to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to compensate the group for its legal fees related to Landis's appeal, although it's unclear whether the Court of Arbitration for Sport has the authority to enforce such a fine, or whether Landis -- who hasn't been able to earn a living in cycling since 2006 and has spent a fortune in legal fees for himself -- even has $100,000.
Landis's two-year suspension from cycling was upheld as well. Oscar Pereiro is now considered the 2006 Tour de France winner. The 2008 Tour begins this weekend.