Cir­cling around: Floyd Lan­dis start­ing own cy­cling team

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Floyd Lan­dis is us­ing money he earned by tak­ing down Lance Arm­strong to start his own cy­cling team. The man whose own dop­ing saga cost him the 2006 Tour de France ti­tle and even­tu­ally helped ex­pose Arm­strong's cheat­ing says he's build­ing a de­vel­op­men­tal team for 2019 that will be based out of Canada.

He says this is his way of try­ing to re­build trust in­side a cy­cling com­mu­nity that has viewed him skep­ti­cally since he lied about tak­ing per­for­mance en­hancers in a much-publi- cized hear­ing in 2007.

Three years af­ter los­ing his dop­ing case, Lan­dis pro­vided key in­for­ma­tion about his own dop­ing and that of Arm­strong and his U.S. Postal Ser­vice team, all of which led to Arm­strong's life­time ban.

Lan­dis is us­ing part of the pro­ceeds from Arm­strong's law­suit set­tle­ment with the govern­ment to fund the team. Lan­dis and his le­gal team split around $2.75 mil­lion off the set­tle­ment be­cause he brought a whistle­blower law­suit that trig­gered the case.

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