Floyd Landis starts new UCI Continental registered Pro Team
Landis to use Whistleblower windfall from Armstrong case to fund Floyd’s of Leadville Pro Cycling Team
After retiring from Professional cycling and starting his own business selling legal hemp and cannabidiol, which would be the name to the team – Floyd’s of Leadville Pro Cycling Team.
Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after testing positive for testosterone after riding away from his rivals on the mountain stage to La Toussiere in dramatic scenes, just after day after losing time.
Landis is hoping to use around $750,000 of the money awarded for initiating the whistleblower case against Armstrong to set up his new Canadian UCI Continental registered team. Armstrong settled the case, for $5 million US dollars in April this year.
Landis' new team will start racing in 2019 under Director Sportif Gord Fraser currently with Canadian team Silber Pro, which is ceases at the end of this season.
Landis said: “I have a conflicted relationship with cycling, as everybody knows, but I still like it and I still remember what it was like to be a kid, and race on a domestic team. It was some of the best years of my life.”
Speaking of his past, he said: “I’m contrite about what happened, but you can never go back and change the decisions you made. At the very least, people can see that I’m ready to move on.
“Maybe it sounds odd, but it’s kind of some closure for me.”
The team, is aimed at bringing on young riders. Fraser, rode alongside Landis at the Mercury team from 1999 to 2001, said: “Floyd’s passionate about cycling. I’d agree he’s had his ups and downs, but hopefully with this new step, he’s going to find the reason why he started racing.”
Landis is aware that his moving back into the sport, could be unpopular.
“They can put me in the same bracket as everyone else they want to go away, but at the end of the day, rather than yelling and screaming on the internet about how I should go away, they could go out and find some other sponsors to help them promote the sport,” he maintained.
“Those people are going to continue to talk like that, and that’s just who they are.”
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