19 Jan 2011

Landis calls it quits

8:45 am on 19 January 2011

Disgraced rider Floyd Landis has retired from cycling.

The American who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping and accused Lance Armstrong of cheating says he'll never start on a line on a road and try to get to another line on a road faster than another guy.

Landis, who's 35, won the Tour in 2006 but failed a dope test for testosterone during the race and was stripped of the title.

He denied any wrongdoing until last May, when he admitted to doping and accused former team mate Armstrong, a seven-times Tour champion, and others of doping when they were both riding for the US Postal team.

Landis took part in a few races in 2010 as an independent rider including the Tour of Southland, but failed to secure a proper contract.