The Straits Times
Published on Oct 03, 2012

Landis found guilty of defaming UCI presidents


PARIS (REUTERS) - Disgraced Tour de France winner Floyd Landis must pay current and former International Cycling Union (UCI) presidents Pat McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen 10,000 Swiss francs (S$13,700) each after being found guilty of defamation by a Swiss court on Wednesday.

The Eastern Vaud District Court ruled that the American, stripped of his 2006 Tour title for failing a dope test, was forbidden to "state that the UCI, Pat McQuaid or Hein Verbruggen have concealed cases of doping, received money for doing so (or) have accepted money from Lance Armstrong to conceal a doping case".

It also said Landis was forbidden to state that the UCI "are clowns (...), are no different to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, or to make any similar allegations".

A call to the UCI confirmed the document was genuine.