Just in: In the longest contest in world sports history (slightly shorter than World War 2), the official results of the 2006 Tour de France are in. Floyd Landis lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Amazing. You all know about the history of the deal. Landis wins the '06 Tour. He tests positive for testosterone (high T:E ratio). Landis is disqualified, resulting in a huge uproar from Landis fans. Landis takes his defense to the people with the Wiki-Defense. Landis loses a split decision at the USADA hearings in Malibu CA. Landis loses appeal at the the CAS. Books are written.
Is the Landis saga over? Doubt it. Next up: The 1985 World Series will be decided by the end of July at the CAS -- Denkinger's bad call to be debated.
Landis was stripped of the title - which passed to Spaniard Oscar Pereiro - and handed a two-year ban from the sport after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone.
CAS' verdict sees the 32-year-old disqualified from the 2006 race and banned from cycling for two years from January 30, 2007. He has also been ordered to pay US 100,000 (£50,000) to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Landis has always maintained his innocence and appealed the decision against him at every stage.
Today's ruling was his last hope of clearing his name and his failure to do so means he is the first rider in the 105-year history of the Tour to be stripped of a title for doping.
Landis' first appeal failed last September when the USADA upheld the original ruling after agreeing his sample from Stage 17 of the Tour was positive for exogenous testosterone.
Within three weeks of that ruling, Landis announced he would appeal to CAS, saying: "I hope the CAS panel will review my case on the basis of the facts and the science, and to approach my appeal from the principle that the anti-doping authorities must uphold the highest levels of appropriate process, technical skill, science and professional standards to pronounce judgment on matters that hold an athlete's career, accomplishments and livelihood in the balance."
That appeal was heard behind closed doors in New York in March this year, with CAS hearing 35 hours of evidence.
Such was the volume of evidence, CAS immediately warned that it would require several months to reach a verdict.
The two-year ban imposed on Landis applied from January 2007, meaning he faces another seven months out of the sport in the wake of today's verdict.
CAS' verdict comes just five days before the start of the 2008 Tour de France.