Floyd Landis rolled out key elements of his defense against doping charges in an online presentation yesterday, several months before the cyclist is scheduled to present his case to an arbitration panel in hopes of keeping his Tour de France title.
Early yesterday, Landis posted a PowerPoint presentation prepared by Arnie Baker, a retired doctor and longtime coach and adviser, as well as several hundred pages of documents related to the charges on his Web site, www.floydlandis.com.
The presentation highlights a number of inconsistencies in both the paperwork and the results provided by the French lab that reported elevated ratios of testosterone to epitestosterone in both Landis' "A" and "B" samples, as well as the presence of synthetic testosterone.
Those inconsistencies were part of a motion that the cyclist's attorney, Howard Jacobs, submitted to a US Anti-Doping Agency review board seeking to have the case dismissed. That request was denied last month.
Landis is scheduled to present his formal appeal to a panel from the American Arbitration Society sometime in late January or early February. He could also appeal to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Tour de France organizers have already said they no longer consider Landis the champion, elevating second-place finisher Oscar Pereiro instead. They also planned to begin proceedings to formally strip Landis' title when the appeals process is exhausted.