26/07/2006: Press release : An adverse analytical finding on the Tour de FranceUCI link
The UCI received today a report of the anti-doping laboratory of Paris stating an adverse analytical finding following an anti-doping test carried out at the Tour de France 2006.
As foreseen by the World Anti-doping Code and the UCI Anti-doping Rules, the team of the rider, its National Federation, its national anti-doping organisation and the World Anti-Doping Agency have been immediately informed....
Meanwhile Floyd Landis has gone awol:
"The American dropped the Acht van Chaam in Holland yesterday. Today he was to race in the danish race Grand Prix Jyske Bank, but he is apparently not starting.
"It is with great sorrow that we must announce that Floyd Landis likely will not start the race in Silkeborg. Our dutch partner Cycling Service has informed us that we cannot expect that the american Tour-winner will be on SK1245-flight, which lands in Tirstrup at 10.20 AM", according to the arranger's press release.
The danish paper Ekstrabladet claims that the positive test is from July 20, the day Landis stunned the world with his comeback stage. They also claim that the positive test is his.
Ekstrabladet asked irish president Pat McQuaid of the UCI if Landis is the new suspect. He is quoted as saying:
"I cannot reveal that. But I can say that this case infuriates me. The integrity of cycling is under threat."
[Update]: TV2.dk are reporting a Phonak press release confirming that it was indeed Floyd Landis.
"Phonak Cycling Team blev i g?r infor?meret af UCI om et us?dvanligt h?jt niveau af testosteron/epitestosteron i den test, der blev afgivet af Floyd Landis efter 17. etape af Tour de Fran?ce," lyder det i holdets pressemeddel?else.Translation: "Phonak Cycling team was informed yesterday by UCI about an unusually high level of testosteron/epitestosteron in the test of Floyd Landis after the 17th stage of the Tour de France", to quote the team press release.