Doping cyclist’s international arrest warrant issued for ‘hacking’.

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An international arrest warrant has reportedly been issued for disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis.

According to multiple media outlets, including cyclingnews. com, Pierre Bordry, president of the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) said a warrant was issued January 28, charging Landis with hacking into an agency computer.

Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after being found guilty in his doping case, in which he tested positive for abnormally high levels of testosterone. The cyclingnews report states the lab that handled his tests said in November 2006 its computers were hacked. The news outlet reports the IP address of the hacker was associated with Arnie Baker, Landis’ coach.

According to the report, Baker and Landis were previously subpoenaed by French authorities, but did not travel to testify.

Landis’ Tour win was due to an incredible comeback a day after he lost the leader’s yellow jersey. He made up more than eight minutes with his win on Stage 17 to re-take the lead, though Landis tested positive for abnormal levels of testosterone after that stage.

In August 2006, following the race’s conclusion, tests of a backup samples confirmed abnormally high levels of testosterone.

During the 2006 Tour, Landis was taking cortisone shots for a degenerative hip condition that required surgery after the race. He was also taking medication for a thyroid problem, but it is unknown whether those issues contributed to the elevated testosterone levels after Stage 17.

Landis maintained his innocence, but in September 2007 the American Arbitration Association panel ruled 2-1 in the guilty verdict, with the decision formally stripping him of his victory, giving the title to Oscar Pereiro. The Court of Arbitration for Sport later upheld the ruling.

Landis, 34, was given a two-year suspension that ran out in early 2009. He raced for the U.S.-based OUCH Pro Cycling Team last season.

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