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16 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 31, 2006

-SPORTS

LANDIS
Continued from Page 14
after the Tour's 17th stage.
Landis isstill awaiting results from
a backup sample, which would clear
him immediately. But his lawyer,
Luis Sanz, said he fully expected the
backup test to come back with the
same result, because the testosterone
imbalance was produced naturally by
J.andis's body.
The 30-year-old cyclist said Friday
that he would undergo additional test-
ing to prove that "the levels that I've
had during the Tour and all my career
are natural and produced by my own
organism."
Until those tests are conducted,
Landis said, "I ask not to be judged,
or much less to be sentenced by
;anyone."
But Landis saved his most defiant
tone for the defense of his title as Tour
de France champion.
"I was the strongest guy. I deserved
to win, and I'm proud of it,' he said.
Landis appeared to lose any chance
of victory during a disastrous 16th
stage of the Tour, then broke out with
one of the greatest performances in
'history the next day. After winning
the 17th stage, he submitted to a drug
test - standard for a stage winner
- that showed an "unusual level of
testosterone/epitestosterone."
Phonak suspended Landis after
the International Cycling Union
notified it Wednesday of the result,
and he could be stripped of his title
and fired from the team if he does
-not clear his name.
A homecoming parade planned for
Landis next week in Ephrata, Pa., has

Recent Tour de France winner Floyd Landis could be stripped of his title.

been put on hold pending more test
results, organizer Rich Ruoff said
Friday. As many as 10,000 people
and 500 cyclists were expected at the
event.
ThenewsofLandis'stesthasrocked
the cycling world, already under a
cloud following a wide-ranging dop-
ing investigation in Spain that led to
the barring of several of the world's
leading cyclists from the Tour.
On the eve of the Tour's start, nine
riders - including pre-race favorites
Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso - were
ousted, implicated in a Spanish
doping investigation. Their names
turned up on a list of 56 cyclists who
allegedly had contact with a Span-
ish doctor at the center of the probe.
Landis was not implicated in that
investigation.
Seven-time Tour winner Lance
Armstrong said all he knew about
Landis's case was what has been
reported.
"But I will say this," Armstrong
told The Associated Press in a phone

interview Friday. "When Floyd was
with us, there was never a problem.
We never saw anything even remote-
ly off, never had a reason to suspect
anything. He left our team for a better
offer. There was no suspicious behav-
ior, none. It's that simple.
"Secondly, I can't help but be aware
the lab that found this suspicious
reading is the same one that was at the
center of the 'LEquipe affair."
The French newspaper, L'Equipe,
said samples taken from Armstrong
during the 1999 Tour de France and
then frozen tested positive for the
blood-booster EPO. The Interna-
tional Cycling Union commissioned a
report that later cleared Armstrong of
the doping allegations.
"When an independent investigator
contacted the lab, they wouldn't answer
the simplestofquestions,wouldn't gointo
their testing ethics, who did the tests,etc.,
etc.," Armstrong said. "I don't personally
have a ton of faith in that lab. I think they
should lose their authorization and the
report pretty much supports that"

GATLIN
Continued from Page 14
victory at the Tour de France. Landis
claims his body's natural metabolism
caused the result.
The test on the cyclist measured the
ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone
in his system and found an imbalance.
Gatlin's test was different. Called a car-
bon-isotope ratio test, it's essentially
a test that looks only at testosterone,
not epitestosterone, and can determine
whether the testosterone in a person's
system is natural or unnatural. The
results of both athletes' tests point to
the same type of violation of illegal-
substance policy.
In his statement, Gatlin said he tested
positive for "testosterone or its precur-
sors." "Precursors" is another term for
anabolic steroids.
One of the loudest voices in the
quest to clean up his sport, Gatlin said
he was "particularly sensitive to this
issue" because he tested positive in col-
lege for a banned substance contained
in Adderall, which he took to calm
attention deficit disorder. He served a
two-year ban in international competi-
tion after that infraction, which means
another positive test could result in a
lifetime ban.
"That experience made me even more
vigilant to make certain that I (do) not
come into contact with any banned
substance for any reason whatsoever,
because any additional anti-doping rule
offense could mean a lifetime ban from
the sport that I love," Gatlin said.
The New York Times reported that
Gatlin has positive results from both
of his samples - unlike Landis, who
is still waiting for results from the sec-

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Justin Gatlin may face a HIebme ban from track.
ond half of his. Next, the findings will
be reviewed by an independent review
board. After that, the case could go to
arbitration and Gatlin would have the
right to appeal the arbitration.
USADA CEO Terry Madden released
a statement Saturday that made no men-
tion of Gatlin.
"USADA will not comment on the
facts of any active case since the rules
we follow allow for a full and fair pro-
cess prior to the details of any case
being made public," Madden said. "Any-
one accused of a doping violation has a
right to have his or her case determined
on the evidence through the established
process and not on any other basis."
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