US Cycling refers Landis case to USADA

Responsibility for the next phase in the Floyd Landis testosterone affair now resides with the US An

Responsibility for the next phase in the Floyd Landis testosterone affair now resides with the US An

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After the International Cycling Union confirmed on Saturday that Floyd Landis had tested positive for testosterone, his case has been handed to the US Anti-Doping Agency by US Cycling. In a statement released on Saturday evening, US Cycling said it would make no further comment on Landis's case, which is likely to see the American, who was sacked by his Phonak team on Saturday, handed a lengthy ban and stripped of the Tour de France title.

"To maintain the same level of sensitivity and respect for both the rights of all athletes and due process as the Landis case enters the formal disciplinary phase, we will continue to refrain from comment until USADA reaches a final determination and all appeals are exhausted," US Cycling's statement said.

"As the governing body responsible for the sport of cycling in the United States and American athletes racing abroad, USA Cycling will continue to maintain a zero-tolerance policy for doping in our sport," said US Cycling's CEO Steve Johnson.

The results of the B sample tested in Paris on Saturday, as well as Landis's response and any documents provided by the USADA, will now go to a review panel, which will make a recommendation on whether or not Landis has a case to answer. Based on that recommendation, the USADA will then decide whether to ban Landis. If charged, Landis can appeal against any sanction, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport his final recourse if previous appeals fail.

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