Anti-doping chiefs await decision on Landis
AFLD says it will suspend its own investigation into Landis on the condition that the cyclist agrees not to race in France in 2007.india Updated: Jun 27, 2007 20:21 IST
Anti-doping chiefs on Wednesday said they will only rule on Floyd Landis's positive test at last year's Tour de France once a decision has been announced by an American arbitration panel.
France's national anti-doping agency, the AFLD, ruled in February it would suspend its own investigation into Landis on the condition the American cyclist agreed not to race in France in 2007.
Landis is waiting for an American arbitration panel to rule on whether he is guilty of cheating during his 2006 Tour de France victory, when he tested positive for testosterone after stage 17.
The Tour de France will begin in London on July 7 in the absence of the defending champion. Despite staging a well-publicised defence of his case, Landis is facing a two-year ban.
The AFLD was expected to rule on the Landis affair by the end of June at the latest, but its president Pierre Bordry said: "We're going to wait. We can't make any decision until the American arbitration panel comes to its own conclusions."
Bordry admitted he was glad he had come to the "amicable" agreement with the Landis camp, thus avoiding the possibility of the American lining up for the Tour de France as he awaited a ruling on his case.