- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 1, 2006

1:08 p.m.

PARIS (AP) — The result of Tour de France winner Floyd Landis’ backup doping test will be announced Saturday.

The analysis of his B sample is expected to take place Thursday through Saturday at the Chatenay-Malabry lab outside Paris, International Cycling Union (UCI) spokesman Enrico Carpani said today.

Landis tested positive for an elevated ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone following the 17th stage of the Tour de France in the Alps, where he made a remarkable comeback after a poor performance the day before.

If the B sample is negative, Landis would be cleared.

If it is positive, which Landis’ lawyers say they expect, he could be stripped of his tour victory and banned for two years.

The American cyclist has said that his body’s natural metabolism — not doping — caused the result and that he would undergo further tests to prove it.

The New York Times reported on Monday that tests on Landis’ A sample showed some of the testosterone in his system was synthetic, putting his defense into question. The report cited a person at the UCI with knowledge of the result.

UCI President Pat McQuaid said today he had not seen the lab findings and could not confirm the report. He said the cycling organization had asked the French lab to speed up its analysis.

“The longer it goes until the B sample is tested, the more speculation, and the more denial and the more of everything that goes on,” he said.

Analysis of the B sample takes 2 1/2 days, he said, and the lab closes this weekend for August vacation.

Landis’ lawyers in Spain filed an official request for the B test late Monday, but Carpani said the UCI already had filed its own request earlier Monday because of concerns about the case dragging on.

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