The International Cycling Union and its current and former presidents sued Floyd Landis, stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title, over comments the athlete made about the sport’s governing body.
The group, President Pat McQuaid and ex-head Hein Verbruggen took the action in Swiss courts because of “repeated, serious attacks against their characters,” the organization, known by its French acronym, UCI, said today in an e-mailed statement.
“The UCI is seeking to defend the integrity of the cycling movement as a whole against the accusations of a rider who, by breaking the anti-doping rules, caused cycling serious harm,” the UCI said.
Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping. Last May, Landis sent e-mails to cycling officials accusing Lance Armstrong and other former teammates on the U.S. Postal Service team of doping. Armstrong has denied the allegations, saying Landis has “zero” credibility.
Landis spent more than $1 million on legal fees fighting his Tour de France disqualification, about half of which was paid through donations. He also served a two-year ban.
In 2010, he admitted in the e-mails to cycling officials that he was doping for several years of his career.