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Former Murrieta resident and cyclist, Floyd Landis, was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title due to doping issues. A†whistle-blower lawsuit, filed in 2010, has been made public and targets Lance Armstrong and associates.†
Former Murrieta resident and cyclist, Floyd Landis, was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title due to doping issues. A†whistle-blower lawsuit, file...

Former Murrieta cyclist stripped of Tour de France title for doping


Landis aims sights at Lance Armstrong and associates in lawsuit


Friday, February 1st, 2013
Issue 05, Volume 17.
JP Raineri
Staff Writer


MURRIETA – Former Murrieta resident and cyclist Floyd Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France championship after a positive drug test. Landis, who is originally a Lancaster County native, was a member of the U.S. Postal Service Cycling team from 2002 through 2004 and has quickly targeted not only Lance Armstrong, but also three of Armstrongís closest associates in a recently publicized whistle-blower lawsuit that has been under judicial seal for more than two and a half years.

The suit claims that Armstrong and his associates defrauded the federal government by accepting roughly $30 million in sponsorship money to bankroll a U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling team that was fueled by performance-enhancing drugs. The 33-page suit, which has been under seal since it was filed June 10, 2010, was leaked and posted on a blog two weeks ago, about nine hours before the first of a series of episodeís of Armstrongís interviews with Oprah Winfrey was aired.

After more than a decade of intense denials, Armstrong confessed in the Advertisement
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interview to having doped during a career that included seven Tour de France championships and an Olympic bronze medal.

The U.S. Justice Department was also faced with a Thursday deadline last week to decide whether to join Landisí action but is believed to have requested an extension. Federal officials are reportedly divided on whether pursuing the case represents a prudent use of taxpayer dollars.

The whistle-blower suit does in fact detail Landisí own use of banned substances and blood-doping practices along with numerous instances of Armstrong and others doing the same in hotel rooms, on team buses, and in private apartments.

The reward would be a cut of the money thatís recovered – 15 to 25 percent if the U.S. Department of Justice joins the action and takes the lead role in the case, or 25 percent to 30 percent if Floyd pursues the case without the governmentís help or resources. As it stands now, Landis could collect millions if his case, filed under the federal False Claims Act, goes forward and succeeds.


 

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Comment #1 | Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm
" ye whoeth is withouteth sinneth, or performanceth enhancething druggeth, ye casteth theeth firsteth stoneth..." sumpin' like dat...

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