Landis to challenge doping verdict

Floyd Landis and his legal team are asking for a public arbitration hearing after the US Anti-Doping

Floyd Landis and his legal team are asking for a public arbitration hearing after the US Anti-Doping

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Floyd Landis and his legal team have announced they are set to appeal against Friday's decision by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to charge the 30-year-old American with a doping offence following his positive test for testosterone at the Tour de France.

"Landis is confident that the hearing will reveal the truth and he is looking forward to clearing his name in an open and public forum," said a statement on his website. The Tour de France winner faces a two-year ban if the charges against him are upheld, and in that event would almost certainly be stripped of the Tour title.

The USADA filed charges against Landis after a review panel recommended it should begin the disciplinary process related to Landis's failed test on July 20, after he won the Tour stage into Morzine. Landis's lawyer, Howard Jacobs had asked the review panel to dismiss doping charges against the Phonak rider.

Landis's representatives have revealed he will seek a public arbitration hearing. "Floyd and his legal team really just want this process to be transparent," said Landis's spokesman, Michael Henson. "We want all the governing bodies involved to be examined in a public forum in the way that Landis has been."

Meanwhile, Landis is set to undergo hip replacement surgery this week after being affected by avascular necrosis in the joint following a hip break four years ago. "A state-of-the-art procedure will maximise his chances of returning to racing at the top level," said his doctor, Brent Kay.

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