Friday, November 11, 2011

Landis sentenced to one year in jail exempt from compliance

The former cyclist Floyd Landis was sentenced Thursday by the French courts to one year in prison for espionage free computer performance against the French Agency for the Fight against Doping (AFLD) to distort the results of his positive test for testosterone at the 2006 Tour .

The Court of Nanterre issued the same penalty for Arnie Baker, Landis coach when the events occurred after the cyclist was stripped of his victory in the overall Tour de France that year, which competed with the Swiss Phonak.

As expected, neither Landis nor Baker were presented at the trial, which began last October 17 and which also condemned the electricity company EDF to 1.5 million euros (about $ 2 million) for spying against Greenpeace. Both Landis and company EDF hired Kargus Consultants to commit the crime.

The exciclista used the services of a hacker to alter the results of the French anti-doping laboratory Châtenay-Malabry (AFLD later) and have used the data manipulated to try to defend his innocence in his case positive for testosterone, according to the judges.

The sentence of one year in jail-free compliance, did not reach the 18 months that had required the prosecution against exciclista, 36, for having entered illegally and helped by their accomplices in the laboratory database with the intention of recover some analytical pieces on the case to manipulate scientific data.

Thus, Landis sought to retain his title as winner of the Tour de France, whose legal victor in that edition was the Spanish Oscar Pereiro, of Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears.


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