11 Nov 2011

Landis lands suspended jail sentence

7:49 am on 11 November 2011

Disgraced Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has been handed a one-year suspended jail sentence for ordering the hacking of a French anti-doping laboratory.

The American cyclist, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour title after failing a dope test, was found guilty by a French court of masterminding the hacking into the computer of the lab that found abnormal levels of testosterone in his system.

His former manager Arnie Baker was handed the same sentence.

The duo, along with others involved, will have to pay a total of 150 thousand dollars in damages to the Chatenay-Malabry lab.

They were charged with "fraudulently breaking into a computer system" as part of a broader investigation into criminal hacking, where several companies were charged with spying on opponents.

Landis is also facing legal action in Switzerland since the International Cycling Union (UCI) lodged a case against the American earlier this year for his repeated attacks against president Pat McQuaid and former boss Hein Verbruggen.

Landis, who quit cycling in January, admitted to doping before the 2010 Tour de France.