After years of denying that he used performance enhancing drugs Floyd Landis, the dethroned winner if the 2006 Tour de France, has admitted to cheating in emails to bike racing officials.
“I want to clear my conscience,” Landis, who currently is racing for team OUCH-Bahati said. “I don’t want to be part of the problem any more.”
Landis, in series of emails, admitted to using performance enhancing drugs as far back as 2002 when he was riding for the now-defunct United States Postal Service team which was once lead by Lance Armstrong
According to the New York Times:
"In those messages, which were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Landis also detailed the performance-enhancing drug use of other top American cyclists on the U.S. Postal Service team, including Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion. Other cyclists named in the emails were current U.S. road racing national champion George Hincapie, three-time Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer and five-time U.S. time trial champion David Zabriskie."
Landis also claims what some cycling fans have long suspected that systematic drug regimes were not only tolerated but also encouraged specific officials, including Johan Bruyneel who now heads up Team RadioShack, Lance Armstrong's current team.
Floyd Landis spend nearly two years and several million dollars fighting the 2006 drug charges.