The World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency will join forces to investigate Floyd Landis’s explosive allegations against Lance Armstrong and other riders and managers.

WADA, which is based in Montreal, Canada, and is the global body responsible for setting and enforcing anti-doping rules, has said it will request access to all the information Landis has in order to investigate whether there any individuals have a case to answer.

David Howman, WADA’s director general, told Cycling Weekly in a statement: “As the independent international organisation responsible for monitoring the global fight against doping in sport, WADA has a responsibility to ensure that Floyd Landis’s allegations are fully reviewed and that appropriate steps are taken to undertake that review and any subsequent action. WADA would need to have access to all relevant information. That is why we will liaise with USADA [United States Anti-Doping Agency] and other authorities with information and current appropriate jurisdiction.”

“All the information available needs to be reviewed by WADA before any step may be taken. We are still at very early stages of this affair and first need to get to the heart of the issues raised.”

Landis was a team-mate of Armstrong’s at the US Postal team before moving to Phonak. He won the 2006 Tour de France before being stripped of the title when he failed a dope test for exogenous (synthetic) testosterone. He denied doping and fought a lengthy battle through the courts and wrote a book called Positively False.

However, in three emails he sent to USA Cycling, the governing body of the sport in the United States, and several media organisations, Landis admitted doping and has made allegations against a number of riders, managers and the UCI.

Pat McQuaid, the UCI’s president, told a news agency, AP: “What’s his [Landis’s] angle? The guy is seeking revenge. It’s sad, it’s sad for cycling. It’s obvious he does hold a grudge. He’s already made those accusations in the past. I have to question the guy’s credibility. There is no proof of what he says. We are speaking about a guy who has been condemned for doping before a court.”

Landis says the reason he is speaking out now is because he wants the authorities to investigate his claims into doping offences committed in 2002 before the eight-year statute of limitations passes. That watershed prevents the authorities investigating and imposing sanctions for offences allegedly committed more than eight years ago.

Cycling Weekly contacted the International Olympic Committee for a comment on the case and to ask whether the IOC would seek to investigate Landis’s allegation against the UCI. So far, the IOC has been unable to provide a response to our questions.

  • jonnyvelo

    Totally agree with Graham, Pat McQuaid has repeatedly shown that he will do anything to stop Pharmstrong being found guilty of doping. McQuaid has NO moral compass, remember he was the guy who raced in South Africa under an assumed name when there was a sporting boycot. Cycling remains deeply infected with doping that threatens our great sport. Thank God for WADA. Cycling deserves better than the current UCI and Pat McQuaid, a ‘suit’ out only to feather his own nest.

  • rb

    Landis might be labelled as being a nutter or a fruitcake but these allegations certainly seem to be credible. At the very least a formal investigation should be instigated by WADA and the UCI. Its wrong for McQuaid to essentially say “this is nonsense” without knowing the fact, he should take it seriously.

    Clearly Armstrong et al are going to deny with all their might, as you’d expect but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. Nor for that matter do Landis’ allegations necessarily portray the facts.

    How the authorities establish the facts is a matter of conjecture not least because Landis has been proved to have lied under oath and Armstrong seems willing to do anything to protect his brand.

  • Dave R

    A week ago this Floyd and Lance were part of an anti-american conspiracy. Today Floyd is a liar and Lance is part of a personal vendetta. The UCI are in Armstrong’s pocket. The sooner he’s a distant memory the sooner cycling can move on.

  • graham bell

    strange that the UCI should undermine Landis comments and say they are not going to look into the aligations. But both WADA and the USADA are taking the aligations seriously (as they should any accusations of doping).

    They say are trying to stamp out doping in cycling, so why are they brushing this under the carpet?. Could be they don’t want to look to closely at certain cyclists!

  • James Wilcox

    Floyd Landis has been lying to the entire world for 4 years and now all the sudden he comes forth with this? Why should anyone believe anything he says, except the fact that he was doping for most of his career. After his utter failure in last year’s tour, he’s out to drag good names into the mud. Nobody should even be giving him the time of day at this point.