second landis sample positive

August 5, 2006

The New York Times reports that a second urine sample from Tour de France champion Floyd Landis has tested positive for abnormal levels of testosterone, violating World Anti-Doping Agency rules and all but confirming charges of doping against him. The International Cycling Union, which governs the sport, announced that it will begin a “disciplinary procedure” against Mr. Landis, one that will likely end in him being stripped of his title. The conclusiveness of the test result stems from the high ratio of synthetic to natural testosterone; while Mr. Landis and his representatives have claimed that the athlete has naturally high testosterone levels, synthetic versions of the hormone can only come from artificial–that is, non-natural–sources. In any event, the UCI will hear Landis’ case in a few weeks. After his repeated denials of wrongdoing, one wonders what he will have to say then.

–D. S. W.


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