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In response to the arrest warrant issued by French Judge Thomas Cassuto for alleged computer hacking, Floyd Landis has denied the allegations and says he has not been contacted by the court.
In an email to the Los Angeles Times, Landis states: “I can’t speak for Arnie, but no attempt has been made to formally contact me. It appears to be another case of fabricated evidence by a French lab who is still upset a United States citizen believed he should have the right to face his accusers and defend himself.”
Then he took the liberty to jab them a bit: “But certainly I hope it’s not lost on anyone that it is a grand admission to having substandard computers at their self-proclaimed ‘nation’s best lab.”
The electronic paper trail that led to an investigation and current arrest warrant claims to lead to Landis’ former coach Arnie Baker’s computer address. However, a computer security consultant quoted in the LA Times says there’s likely more to the story and suggests there may be an internal third party that could have shared their computer access.
Landis, who started racing for Team OUCH last year after his doping ban expired, is currently without a team and therefore unable to race in any of the bigger Tours or Classics. He has said he only plans on racing domestically this year.