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


In 2010 an international arrest warrant was issued for Landis, who didn't return to race in Europe or anywhere else he could be arrested under the warrant.

The French tried him anyway – in abstentia, beginning Oct. 20 of this year, after two years of trying to get Landis to agree to return to face questioning.

Landis 'didn't know' why he was on trial

In an email to the Associated Press, Landis said French authorities never contacted him, his French lawyer was trying to find out why he was on trial and that he knew nothing about the case except what he read in the press.

"If we assume I'm accused of somehow conspiring to illegally acquire computer files from a lab by any means, which is all I've been able to conclude from the endless press releases, then the court is mistaken," he wrote. "I had nothing to do with any computer hacking."

During the trial prosecutors tried to draw a line from the cracked servers back through the hacker, Quiros, to the Kargas security firm to an intermediary and then across the Atlantic to either Landis or Arnie Baker.

The trial focused on a relatively routine penetration in which prosecutors accused Quiros of using a trojan horse to give himself remote access to the lab's computers, from which he took information from the Lab's files on Landis that was used in his defense.

A French court convicted Landis Nov. 10 of his role in the attack, though French prosecutors admitted they had not been able to confirm who had given orders or paid for the attack.

Landis and Arnie Baker were both convicted of benefitting from information stolen from the lab, though not of direct involvement in the theft.

They were each given 12-month suspended sentences.

Landis, Baker say they're clean, French authorities are dirty

Both Landis and his coach, Arnie Baker, denied knowledge again Thursday.

"This case against me appears to be a deeply flawed process from start to finish, designed to protect a national French institution and cover up its apparent sloppy work and incompetence," Baker told the Associated Press.

The denial repeats almost word for word the basis of Landis' defense – that he was clean, but the lab was sloppy in its testing, biased against him and was trying to cover up its indefensible results.

Landis reversed that argument when he admitted a long history of doping in 2010.

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