US government assigns federal prosecutor to doping case sparked by Landis confession

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The United States government has assigned a federal prosecutor to the case set up to investigate allegations by Floyd Landis of doping in cycling.

Landis won the Tour de France in 2006 but was stripped of his title after failing a dope test. The American rider denied doping until late April, when he sent emails to the United States Anti-Doping Agency, US Cycling and the UCI admitting that he had doped for years. He also made allegations against a number of other riders and managers - including Lance Armstrong.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.