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The Floyd Landis case is actually part of a much larger corporate cyber-crime investigation involving a Paris-based consulting group that may have paid intermediaries to breach various companies' security. The French judge summoned Landis and Arnie Baker, a retired doctor and longtime coach and adviser for Landis, to court for questioning last May but neither appeared.
A French computer expert, Alain Quiros, last year confessed that he was hired to hack into the anti-doping lab's system. However, investigators told the French media that one of the fraudulent e-mails sent from the lab's computers had been traced back to an Internet address belonging to Baker.
Both Baker and Landis have denied any involvement in the hacking incident.
Landis returned from his suspension a year ago at the Tour of California. He raced exclusively in North America last season with the OUCH-Maxxis team, sponsored by a Southern California medical sports medicine practice that includes his personal physician, but showed nothing near the form he displayed as one of the top cyclists in the world from 2002-06.
At the end of the 2009 season, Landis announced he would end his relationship with the OUCH team (now under new sponsorship) and seek to sign a contract with a team that did more racing in Europe. Landis has raced in two minor events this season wearing the colors of Rock Racing, a U.S.-based team whose license to race in Europe is in limbo, but does not have a formal contract with Rock Racing, according to two sources who asked for anonymity. In the recent Valley of the Sun stage race in Arizona, Landis was listed as unaffiliated.
French anti-doping authorities agreed to drop any separate proceedings against Landis when his case, prosecuted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency under American Arbitration Association rules, proceeded in the United States. There is no rule preventing Landis from racing again in France at this point, since he has served his suspension, but the recently issued warrant clearly would be a disincentive to his competing there.
Even if Landis had notched better results since his comeback, teams on the elite Pro Tour level would be reluctant to sign him because of the implications that might have for their invitations to major races, including the Tour de France, where organizers have discretion in who they include.
-- Bonnie D. Ford, ESPN.com