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Disgraced cyclist Landis to stand trial for suspected hacking

Phonak's team rider Floyd Landis of the U.S., wearing the leader's yellow jersey, holds a U.S. flag as he takes his lap of honor around the Champs Elysees after winning the 93rd Tour de France cycling race after the final stage between Sceaux-Antony and the Champs-Elysees in Paris July 23, 2006. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

PARIS (Reuters) - Disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis and his coach Arnie Baker will stand trial for alleged hacking into a French anti-doping lab computer system, a source involved in the case said on Wednesday.

Baker and Landis, who was stripped on his 2006 Tour de France title after failing a dope test, are suspected of storing data from the Chatenay-Malabry lab -- the same lab that showed traces of testosterone in the American’s urine sample during his victorious ride.

Landis and Baker were charged with “fraudulently breaking into a computer system” as part of a broader investigation into criminal hacking, where several companies are charged with spying on opponents.

An arrest warrant for Landis was issued by a French judge earlier this year after officials from the Chatenay-Malabry lab said hackers had obtained confidential information about the rider from their computers.

Landis earlier this year admitted to doping in 2006 after denying any wrongdoing for four years, spending millions of dollars in a bid to clear his name.

Landis, who denied the hacking charges in February, is in New Zealand and could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Reporting by Thierry Leveque and Clement Guillou; Writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by Pritha Sarkar; To query or comment on this story email