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Floyd Landis calls for legalized doping
January 19, 2011 / 8:56 PM / 7 years ago

Floyd Landis calls for legalized doping

PARIS (Reuters) - Disgraced Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has called on cycling authorities to legalize doping because he believes testers will always struggle to uncover the cheats.

<p>Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong awaits the start of the 2010 Cape Argus Cycle Tour in Cape Town March 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files</p>

Landis, who announced his retirement Tuesday, lost his 2006 Tour title after testing positive for testosterone and last year accused former team mate and seven-times Tour champion Lance Armstrong of doping.

He now believes the fight against doping is one that cannot be won.

“You’ve got to legalize doping. They (the testers) are so far behind in the testing organizations that there’s no way to change it now,” American Landis told Cyclingnews website (www.cyclingnews.com) Wednesday.

“Just accept that it’s here, that it’s not going away and that it’s just going to get more complicated and the fact that it’s not that complicated yet compared to what it will be,” Landis said.

“Ten years from now it’s going to be four times as hard as it is now to test for things.”

The only concern should be the riders’ health, added Landis, who last year accused several prominent figures in the sport of cheating.

“Since you can’t stop it you have to deal with it in rational kind of way,” he said.

“You can’t stop it and you can’t fix it. Monitor it and make sure people don’t hurt themselves, but you have to accept it.”

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond

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