Tour de France winner tests positive for drugs
Landis had an unusual level of testosterone/epitestosterone after stage 17
MSNBC staff and news service reports
Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has tested positive for the male sex hormone testosterone, his team American Phonak said on Thursday.
“The Phonak Cycling Team was notified yesterday by the UCI of an unusual level of testosterone/epitestosterone ratio in the test made on Floyd Landis after stage 17 of the Tour de France,” Phonak said in a team statement.
Landis, who raced with a hip injury throughout the event, was reportedly in Germany to receive treatment on his hip when the report broke.
Landis had missed race commitments on Wednesday and Thursday in Denmark and the Netherlands, which had baffled organizers.
Dutch news agency ANP quoted his team mate Koos Moerenhout as saying that Landis had pain from hip problem and had gone gone to see his doctor in Germany.
More details to come.
Information from Reuters and the Associated Press was used in this report.