Floyd Landis Retires from Pro Cycling
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Cyclist Floyd Landis announced on Monday that he is retiring from pro cycling, roadcycling.com and the AP report. He said that the battle to fix the sport's drug-tainted image is “not my fight.”
Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France win when he tested positive for synthetic testosterone. He went on to acknowledge using performance-enhancing substances and alleged widespread doping within the world of cycling.
“I've been riding my bike a lot, trying to figure out life, which is the same reason I did it to start with, so I've come full circle,” Landis told ESPN.com. “But I'll never start on a line on a road and try to get to another line on a road faster than another guy. That's over.” Landis claims he hasn't been unable to find a salaried cycling position since May, when he made many of his doping allegations.
“I don't want it to come across that I'm quitting because I'm bitter,” Landis added and concluded “I'm relatively sure this sport cannot be fixed, but that's not my job, that's not my fight.”