Professional Cycler Floyd Landis Tests Positive for High Levels Of Testosterone.
After only seven years as a professional cycler, Landis won the 2006 Tour de France. He was considered a dark horse contender, with the assumption being that either Ivan Basso or Jans Ullrich would take the top prize. However, after the two cyclists were forced to withdraw from the Tour, Landis emerged as the front runner. Although Landis got off to a disappointing start, his unbelievable 20 km solo breakaway on stage 17 helped to pave the way for his eventual victory.
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Landis was stripped of that victory when it was announced that a urine test taken after his epic performance in stage 17 had come back positive with an unusually high ratio of the hormone testosterone to the hormone epitestosterone (T/E ratio). Though Landis’ camp claimed there were inconsistencies with the way the urine was tested, the International Cycling Union (UCI) upheld WADA’s (World Anti-Doping Agency) ruling, and Landis was banned from professional cycling for two years.
The two-year ban ended in early 2009, and Landis is scheduled to participate in the Battenkill Professional Invitational on April 19.