Up until recently, Floyd Landis was in a lengthy legal battle to recover his 2006 Tour de France victory, lost after a test showed Landis had elevated levels of synthetic testosterone in his blood.That ended this month, after Landis sent e-mails to cycling officials, finally copping to the test results and pointing a finger at other top American cyclists, including Lance Armstrong. Here’s fast facts on Floyd Landis’ life.
– Born October 14, 1975 in Farmersville, Penn. Married, with one daughter
– Named U.S. junior champion as a mountain biker in 1993
– Switched to road cycling in 1999, turning professional
– Road as part of the U.S. Postal service team from 2002 to 2004, alongside Lance Armstrong
– Won the 2006 Tour de France with a time of 89 hours, 39 minutes and 30 seconds, largely on the strength of a remarkable comeback in stage 17
– Tested positive for synthetic testosterone in a urine sample taken after his stage 17 ride
– Fired from his Phonak team following a second positive test
– Suspended from professional cycling for two years by an arbitration panel in 2007
– Stripped of his Tour de France title in January 2009
– Copped to the positive test result in a series of e-mails sent to cycling officials. The e-mails were sent in late April and early May of 2010.