Los Angeles: 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 sceptically since he lied about taking performance enhancers in a much-publicised hearing in 2007.
“That’s the main motivation of the whole thing,” Landis said. “A lot of things were said about me, and a lot was justified. A lot was PR from people who didn’t like the fact I exposed (the doping). One of the main arguments was, ‘He ran out of money and that’s why he did it.’ It was never the case. But there’s no way to disprove that, and if people don’t believe me now, there’s nothing I can do about it.”