French cycling federation bans Landis

American can't race non-UCI events

American Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping, was banned from all competitions in France by the country's anti-doping agency AFLD.

Landis tested positive for steroid testosterone on July 20 last year and was last September handed a two-year ban by the American Anti-Doping
Agency (USADA), which runs till January 29, 2009.

The USADA ban meant Landis was suspended for competitions organised by cycling's world governing body the UCI and affiliated national cycling

This new AFLD ban, which also runs to January 29, 2009, means Landis cannot compete in France in events outside the jurisdication of the French cycling federation, though he has the right to appeal to France's highest administration ruling body, the Conseil d'Etat.

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