Once the most honest guy in cycling, Floyd Landis convicted of hacking as well as doping

Floyd Landis gets suspended sentence for in-abstentia conviction in 2006 hack at doping lab


Floyd fought the ban in U.S. courts. Eventually both sides agreed to dismiss what remained of the case, with prejudice. Floyd was still banned for two years from pro cycling.

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Floyd went on the offensive, this time admitting as much as $90,000 per year worth of testosterone patches, steroid, human growth hormone, blood transfusions and EPO – the dope of choice among cyclists because it forces the body to use oxygen far more efficiently than it can on its own.

Loyd accused Lance Armstrong, who had been a close friend when they were teammates, but who makes a relentless, vengeful enemy of those who attack his record of never having tested positive for doping.

Few among cycling fans believe Armstrong was clean, but he was a hero to many beyond cycling's hard core and continues to be a powerful force within professional cycling.

The accusation lost Floyd Armstrong's support and that of his fans.

Landis went back to racing, anyway, in 2010, placing lower than he should have in several U.S. races before announcing he would return to race in Europe instead.

Attack over information superhighway, not bike road

In 2009 the French newspaper L'Express reported data that appeared to have been stolen from the computers of the French national labs that were responsible for testing cyclists' blood samples for doping.

Landis denied any knowledge of the hack.

The French national police issued a summons for both Landis and his doctor/coach Arnie Baker to attend a hearing to question them about the data breach. Both skipped the hearing in May, 2009.

Neither showed up for the hearing in May 2009.

AFLD, the French anti-doping authority, said servers at the agency's LNDD lab outside of Paris had been penetrated late in 2006 and several documents were stolen. They showed incidents in which the lab had corrected some mistakes it had made in the testing of blood samples during previous doping investigations.

The documents – apparently meant to discredit the lab's reputation for always returning accurate results – turned up in the email boxes of journalists and anti-doping agencies, sent from a server spoofing the address and routing information for the LNDD lab.

A hacker named Alain Quiros admitted being paid $2,800 by a security company called Kargas to hack the lab's network, but there was little direct connection with Landis.

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