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Floyd Landis wants the French Anti-Doping Agency to hold off on its hearing into his testosterone po

Floyd Landis wants the French Anti-Doping Agency to hold off on its hearing into his testosterone po
PIC BY LE TOUR DE LANGKAWI Landis wants AFLD delay Floyd Landis and his defence team have asked the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) to delay its hearing into his doping case. The request came shortly after the World Anti-Doping Agency's Dick Pound asked for exactly the same thing - a rare agreement between Landis and WADA. The AFLD is scheduled to open its inquiry into Landis' testosterone positive on February 8, approximately a month before the American Arbitration Association will commence its own hearing. Maurice Suh, a representative of Landis's lawyers, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, told the Los Angeles Times, "We believe it's strongly in Floyd's interest to not have to defend two actions simultaneously in two different countries." According to the LA Times, Landis's legal team believes that the AFLD will open proceedings against him on the scheduled date, but will "move to postpone further action." The double doping hearings mean that Landis faces the possibility of being cleared by the AAA and yet banned by the AFLD, or vice versa. In either case, he would lose his 2006 Tour title and be prevented from racing in the 2007 event. South Africa and Selle Italia for Langkawi Two more team lineups have been confirmed for the 12th Le Tour de Langkawi, which begins this Friday. The top performing South African national team returns to the race with an eye on both the overall individual and team titles. The squad boasts defending champion David George, but team captain Nic White could prove to be a valuable co-leader as the team goes for three LTdL wins in a row. "LTdL has always been a favourite for South African riders and we've had winners of the past two races," said White. "We've also been part of the race in each of the past eleven editions, so it is an important race for us. This year, the competition level is higher with the presence of five ProTour teams. "Our team has been assembled with the defending champion, and a range of good tour riders and climbers, combined with strongmen for the flat days, all with a wealth of international experience." The South African line up will be completed by Daryl Impey, Rupert Rheeder, Hanco Kachelhoffer and Tiaan Kannemeyer. Selle Italia-Seramenti Diquigiovanni should also be among the top teams in the race. It recently won three stages in the Vuelta a Tachira, and will bring a squad of experienced riders to Langkawi. Last year's third place getter Gabriele Missaglia will be missing, but is being replaced by another Italian climber, Wladimir Belli, who will be one of the team's GC leaders. But team manager Gianni Savio said that Selle Italia's main GC rider will be Jose Serpa, winner of the Genting Highlands stage last year. The Colombian will return with the aim of taking the overall win. "He won two stages in LTdL last year and he also won the Pan American Championships," said Savio. "He also won a stage and the overall classification in last year's Vuelta a Venezuela, so we have big hopes for him." Completing Selle Italia's roster are 2005 Colombian national champion Walter Pedraza, climber Fabio Duarte and sprinters Alberto Loddo and Anthony Brea. "But whether Brea makes the team for LTdL depends on whether he can get his passport in time. If he can't make it, we will replace him with Sergio Barbero," said Savio. Between them, Selle Italia and South Africa have cleaned up the last five editions of LTdL, and look set to challenge for another one. Ricc puts Saunier Duval on the map Saunier Duval-Prodir has notched up its first win of the season, courtesy of Riccardo Ricc, who won the fourth stage of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina. Ricc triumphed in a big bunch sprint, beating Mexican Juan P. Magallanes (Tecos Trek) and Argentinean Martin Garrido (Duja-Tavira), with the overall lead in the race staying with Jorge Giacinti (Lider). Ricc also won Saunier Duval's last race of 2006: the Japan Cup. US team for Manchester world cup The USA will send seven riders to the final round of the 2006-2007 track world cup, which takes place in Manchester, UK between February 23rd and 25th. The US team is coming off a good performance at the Los Angeles world cup earlier in January, where it won five medals. But the Manchester squad will consist of more inexperienced riders. First-time world cup entrants, Kele Murdin (Kenmore, Wash.) and Christen King (Huntington Beach, Calif./South Bay Wheelmen) have been named to the squad as have Liz Reap (Jim Thorpe, Pa./East Coast Velo) and Neva Day (Manhattan Beach, Calif./South Bay Wheelmen), who made their World Cup debuts in Los Angeles just a week ago. They will join two-time World Cup medalist this season, Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.), on the women's team. The men's squad will consist only of a pair of young endurance riders, Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Toyota-United) and Brad Huff (Fair Grove, Mo./Slipstream-Chipotle). Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.
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