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A judge in Nanterre near Paris has issued a warrant for U.S. Cyclist Floyd Landis who had his 2006 Tour de France title revoked after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

The court wants to question Landis about a 2006 hacking incident in which a Trojan was installed in the computers of the Châtenay-Malabry lab which did the urine tests that resulted in Landis losing the 2006 Tour title and being barred from cycling for two years.

During the aftermath of the doping scandal, Landis launched a very shrill media campaign against the lab, questioning its testing procedures.

The Châtenay-Malabry lab filed a complaint in 2006 charging that its computer data had been stolen. The information was used in Landis’s defense, sent to other labs and given to news outlets. An investigation at the lab found a Trojan had installed a back door that gave someone access to the system. Investigators believe the Trojan arrived in an e-mail sent to the lab from a computer using the same IP address as Landis’ coach Arnie Baker.

Baker and Landis deny the charges.

Story here.

Tom Kelchner