Schleck wins 15th stage; Landis in lead

L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France, July 18 (UPI) -- Frank Schleck of Luxembourg pulled away in the final few kilometers Tuesday to capture the 15th stage of the Tour de France.

Fedrigo wins 14th stage of Tour de France

GAP, France, July 16 (UPI) -- Pierrick Fedrigo of France won Sunday's 14th stage of the 2006 Tour de France, while Spaniard Oscar Pereiro maintained his overall lead.

German Voigt wins Tour's 13th stage

MONTELIMAR, France, July 15 (UPI) -- Jens Voight of Germany won the longest stage of the Tour de France Saturday and Oscar Peneiro took the overall lead from American Floyd Landis. Voight and Pereino dueled the final two kilometers but it was Voight winning the 230-kilometer stage 13 from Be

Popovych wins 12th stage, Landis leads

CARCASSONNE, France, July 14 (UPI) -- Yaroslav Popovych broke from a pack to win the 12th stage of the Tour de France, but American Floyd Landis remained the overall race leader. The Ukrainian riding for the Discovery Channel team covered the 211-kilometers from Luchon to Carcasonne in France

American Landis leads Tour de France

PLA-DE-BERET, Spain, July 13 (UPI) -- American Floyd Landis will wear the leader's yellow jersey in the Tour de France Friday after finishing third in Thursday's 11th stage.

Spain's Mercado wins Tour's 10th stage

PAU, France, July 12 (UPI) -- Spain's Juan Miguel Mercado pulled away from the pack to win the 10th stage of the Tour de France Wednesday and France's Cyril Dessel took the overall lead. Mercado edged Dessel at the finish of the 190.5-kilometer 10th stage in Pau, France, in four hours

Freire wins ninth stage of Tour de France

DAX, France, July 11 (UPI) -- The 2006 Tour de France resumed after a day's rest with Oscar Freier of Spain taking the ninth stage from Bordeaux to Dax, France. Freier sprinted to the finish the 170-kilometer stage in three hours, 35 minutes and 24 seconds to win his second stage of t

Honchar takes Tour de France lead

RENNES, France, July 8 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Serhiy Honchar won the first Tour de France stage of his career Saturday as he took the seventh stage and seized the overall lead.

McEwen wins sixth stage of Tour de France

VITRE, France, July 7 (UPI) -- Australian Robbie McEwen sprinted to his third win in a stage of the Tour de France, taking Friday's 189-kilometer sixth stage from Lisieux to Vitre, France.
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Floyd Landis
President George W. Bush offers his congratulations to Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, during a phone call from the Oval Office at The White House on July 23, 2006. (UPI Photo/Kimberlee Hewitt/White House)

Floyd Landis (born October 14, 1975) is an American retired cyclist who after initially being awarded victory in the 2006 Tour de France was stripped of his title for a doping offense. He was an all-around rider, with special skills in climbing and time-trialing, and is also known to be a very fast descender. Landis turned professional in 1999 with the Mercury Cycling Team. He joined the US Postal Service team in 2002, and moved to the Phonak Hearing Systems team in 2005. In January 2010, a French judge issued a national arrest warrant for Landis on computer hacking charges related to the 2006 doping allegations.

In 2006, Landis won the first edition of the Amgen Tour of California, before going on to finish first in the 2006 Tour de France. He was stripped of his Tour de France victory and fired from the Phonak team after a drug-control test demonstrated the presence of a skewed testosterone/epitestosterone ratio during stage 17.

Until 2010, Landis maintained his innocence, and mounted a vigorous defense. Although Landis's legal team documented inconsistencies in the handling and evaluation of his urine samples, the disqualification was upheld.

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