Organisers of the 2010 road race world championships have expressed their unhappiness at the appearance of Floyd Landis at an anti-doping conference due to be held the week before the race in Melbourne, Australia.

Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after failing a dope test and who recently made wide-ranging accusations of doping among top US cyclists, is due to make a presentation at the ‘New Pathways for Pro Cycling’ conference at Deakin University, Melbourne, on September 27-28. The World Championships start on September 29.

World championships organisers have subsequently withdrawn their support for the conference, and requested that Landis not appear at the event, claiming that his presence at the event so close to the championships is ‘inappropriate’.

“Providing Floyd Landis with a soapbox to deliver a tirade like he did on the eve of the Tour of California is not something the world championship organisers want,” Melbourne 2010 media director David Culbert told the Melbourne Herald Sun

“We believe the conference and the whole discussion around doping in sport – and particularly cycling – is worthwhile.

“But we believe it is inappropriate to have Floyd Landis attend the world championships, particularly when the federal investigation in the US into his allegation is still on-going.”

Landis is currently at the centre of a US federal investigation into his claims of systematic doping in several US-based teams, including the former US Postal squad of Lance Armstrong.

The ‘New Pathways for Pro Cycling’ conference aims to “bring together cyclists, administrators, academics, scientists, fans and others interested in the future direction of professional cycling to discuss the problems the sport faces as it undergoes changes in the process of its globalisation.”

Sessions at the event are due to include ‘Life after Operacion Puerto’, ‘Cycling: Ethics and Values’ and ‘Why We Don’t Dope’. More details can be found on the conference’s website.

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  • theswordsman

    Landis has issued a lengthy statement at the conference website. He won’t speak about the stuff from the investigation or the lawsuit. He’s just going there to talk with others about how the sport can be cleaner in the future. The Worlds organizers are behaving like they’re part of the problem. They make it sound like Landis is the one under investigation. The guy has already helped the sport by telling Ashenden and Catlin how EPO is being used in conjunction with blood transfusions to make blood values look clean.

  • Tim

    Landis and Lemond have a past history of opening their mouths on the eve of big events. It should be pretty clear why they don’t want him there, and excluding him isn’t censoring him. He can spew all he wants when he wants… I’m sure we all have a friend, or maybe friends who manage to say the wrong things at the most inappropriate time… Invite that person to your biggest events, please…

    It’s just sad that Landis is now a puppet of a vengeful Lemond…

  • adam

    But now he’s admitted the ‘truth’ aren’t we all believing everything he says and welcoming him with open arms…?


    No… Me neither.

  • Greg 86 89 90

    n 1999 Armstrong was doped, the documentation provided by the French newspaper L’Equipe has been validated by the UCI. !!! Yes by the UCI !!!
    Armstrong has never been suspended because his doping was discovered too late in 2005, the limitation period was 3 years old, but it was doped with EPO, it is the truth.

    I give you the link.

    All the cheaters have been suspended, Vinokourov, Basso, Valverde, except Armstrong. In my opinion, the most dishonest that cycling has ever known.

    Here’s a link of the website L’Equipe which describes the investigation that was published in the newspaper L’Equipe of Thursday, August 23, 2005.

  • dave

    I do not believe this guy has the nerve to go there, he has lied , conned people into paying for his defence, supposedly has no money yet launches another set of legal challenges in the US, finds the price of an airticket and accomodation costes for visiting Melbourne to carry out a vendetta against Armstrong. It is obvious that in spite of naming others it is Armstrong that he is after.
    I am not an Armstrong fan and irrespective if he had doped what does Landis hope to achieve ? He claims he wants to clean up cycling but would he be so vociferous if he had not been caught and on the basis of a dope fuelled win in the TDf made millions, i think not. I can just see him writing to La Monde and the UCI to confess and paying back all the money he could have earned if undetected.

  • Suze

    I’ve no doubt Mr Culbert would be welcoming Lance Armstrong with open arms – it’s really about time the whole double standard and the enforcement of omerta was replaced by a robust & diverse dialogue on the future for the sport that hears all voices – not just those of the ones who can afford to employ the most expensive PR. I’m interested as to why the organisers are so keen to censor Floyd Landis though – what on earth do they expect him to say?