American cyclist Floyd Landis is currently on the Wanted list by French authorities after being linked to a hacking incident at an anti-doping laboratory.
Landis was a teammate of Lance Armstrong during the latter’s Tour de France winning streak from 2002 to 2004. He had also won the yellow jersey back in 2006, but was later suspended from further competing in pro cycling events due to a positive dope test.
The incriminating dope test was administered to Landis after his victory in the 17th stage of the 2006 Tour de France, which incidentally was supposed to secure the title for him, had the dope test not come back positive. The American rider had protested his innocence, adding that the anti-doping laboratory was biased and incompetent.
Now, it seems that he’s in more trouble than before, as Landis is being accused of hacking into the laboratory’s computer system to get access to the documents that might be able to prove his innocence against the doping charges.
Pierre Bordry, the head of the anti-doping agency, says that Landis’ lawyers had used information for his defense; information which could only come from the laboratory’s computers. “It seems that (Landis) made all he could to enter into our computer system to try to prove the laboratory was wrong. The judge traced a network of hackers back to the ringleader,” Bordry adds.
Of course, Landis maintains his innocence to this additional charge thrown at him, and says that all the evidence against him is merely fabricated. “It appears to be another case of fabricated evidence by a French lab who is still upset a United States citizen believed he should have the right to face his accusers and defend himself,” the American cyclist adds.