- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 15, 2006


PARIS — The French anti-doping lab that tested American cyclist Floyd Landis’ urine samples made an “administrative error” when reporting its findings on his backup “B” sample, the French newspaper Le Monde reported today.

The newspaper cited unnamed sources as saying the Chatenay-Malabry laboratory gave the wrong number in its report about Landis’ second sample. Tests on the rider’s two samples indicated that Landis had elevated levels of testosterone in his system when he won the Tour de France in July.

In its report, the lab wrote that the B sample tested was number 994,474, while the actual number was 995,474, Le Monde said.

“The error, of an administrative nature, does not mean the positive B sample was not that of the American,” Le Monde said. “But it is being used today by his lawyers to contest his positive doping results.”

Contacted today by Associated Press, the lab referred questions to the French anti-doping agency. The agency’s secretary general, Philippe Dautry, declined to comment on the report.

Landis’ attorney, Howard Jacobs, already has said the French lab made repeated errors in its analyses, including mismatched sample code numbers.

In a letter sent to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in September, Jacobs said the positive finding on the B sample came from a sample number not assigned to Landis.

“It’s incredibly sloppy,” Jacobs said at the time. “It has to make you wonder about the accuracy of the work.”

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