Floyd Landis faces possible legal proceedings from the UCI after comments made to the German television station ARD last November. The American made his first major European television interview since admitting to doping during his career and questioned the UCI’s “honour” according to aletter sent from the UCI’s legal team.
In the interview with ARD, Landis had reiterated his doping allegations against former teammate Lance Armstrong and claimed that the International Cycling Union (UCI) protects certain riders. “As far as the UCI is concerned, nothing about a cover up or taking a bribe or some kind of race results manipulation would surprise me.” Landis told the German station. The UCI has denied all allegations of corruption.
Several months on and in a letter dated February 7, 2011, addressed to Landis, the UCI has given the American a 15-day window to retract his comments or face legal proceedings. Reymond & Associes are representing both the UCI’s former and current presidents, Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid.
Update from Landis
Immediately after this story appeared online Landis sent the following email to Cyclingnews’s editor and the UCI legal representative, Mr Ditesheim.
Hello Mr Ditesheim’
I haven’t heard from you in a few days and thought I’d drop you a note with a few things to ponder. I’d like you to please try to reconcile this (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/carpani-says-uci-pleased-with-spanish-federations-handling-of-contador-case) with your threat of litigation in light of todays exoneration of Alberto Contador. I look forward to your explanation.