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Landis to set up new pro team with Armstrong whistleblower money

Joe Robinson
4 Oct 2018

Team to be Canadian registered and will be Landis's first venture into professional cycling since 2010

Using the money he received from the settlement of the Lance Armstrong whistleblower case, Floyd Landis has announced he will be setting up a development cycling team.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Landis confirmed that he would be using the money he was paid to create a new cycling team that will be registered at Continental level with aspirations of racing next season. 

Armstrong was the subject of a whistleblower case filed by Landis in 2010. Under the False Claims Act, Landis claimed that Armstrong had defrauded the US Government by doping while racing for the US Postal Service team. 

Originally, it was implied that Armstrong could have owed up to $100 million if the case had reached court yet the former seven-time Tour de France champion eventually agreed on $5 million in an out of court settlement.

Landis is said to be left with $750,000 after paying legal fees and is now set to put that into cycling with this new team in an act he believes will offer him 'closure'.

'I'm contrite about what happened, but you can never go back and change the decisions you made. At the very least, people can see that I'm ready to move on,' Landis told the Wall Street Journal.

'Maybe it sounds odd, but it's kind of some closure for me.'

Using these legal funds as well as profits from his own company, cannabis dispensary 'Floyd's of Leadville', Landis will support the team.

The new venture will also assume part of the Canadian Continental team, Siber, which was hunting for a new co-sponsor for 2019. 

Siber sports director and former teammate of Landis, Gord Fraser, is set to continue in his role.

'Floyd's passionate about cycling,' Fraser said. 'I'd agree he's had his ups and downs, but hopefully, with this new step, he's going to find the reason why he started racing.'

It has been almost a decade since Landis was last involved in professional cycling, ending his career with the Continental Bahati Foundation pro cycling team back in 2010. 

Landis proved to be one of Armstrong's most effective Tour domestiques between 2002 and 2004 before jumping ship to team Phonak in order to chase his own ambitions, which he managed to achieve in 2006.

However, Landis was unceremoniously stripped of his 2006 Tour title in dramatic fashion. Having emphatically won yellow following a solo raid on Stage 17 to Morzine, Landis was informed he had tested positive for a synthetic testosterone during the race.

Landis was then banned from racing and stripped of his title, which was eventually handed to second place finisher Oscar Pereiro.