A French judge has issued an arrest warrant for American cyclist Floyd Landis for possibly being connected to the hacking into the computer system of the lab whose doping test results led to Landis being stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title. The president of France’s anti-doping agency, Pierre Bordry, says that computers at the Chatenay-Malabry laboratory were illegally accessed, with data stolen in an attempt to cast doubt on the lab’s credibility.
The incident occurred in September 2006, during a time when Floyd Landis was furiously trying to fight off the damning lab results. The issue concerned a finding that Landis’ urine sample contained testosterone levels nearly three times the limit, indicating probable use of synthetic testosterone. Although Landis lost his appeal of the verdict, he still maintains his innocence.
Luckily for Floyd Landis, the arrest warrant does not appear to actually charge him with a crime; rather, he is being sought for questioning about the incident. The warrant was actually issued on January 28, but is only being reported as of today.