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For the past 5 years, disgraced pro cyclist Floyd Landis has made a name for himself by doping, then trashing other cyclists and cycling officials. A year ago he sent a thousand-word email to USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson claiming Lance Armstrong was a doper, according to the NY Daily News. Landis himself was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for the same offense.
The cycling community can’t take any more of Landis’ mouthing off. The International Cycling Union, the world governing body for cycling, is lashing back, starting “legal proceedings” in Swiss courts against Landis for what appears to be defamation, the Guardian’s cycling blog reports.
Armstrong, however, cannot sue Landis for defamation, the Daily news points out. That thousand-word email was sent a year ago last Sunday, and the statute of limitations on defamation in California, where Landis made his accusations, is one year.