Landis to be tried in hacking case

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

PARIS -- American cyclist Floyd Landis and his coach Arnie Baker will stand trial in a hacking case that targeted a French doping lab, judicial officials said Tuesday.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the proceedings are supposed to remain secret.

The officials said Judge Thomas Cassuto, who sits in Nanterre, just west of Paris, made the decision Oct. 15. No trial date has been set.

The case is part of sweeping investigation into computer hacking, triggered by a complaint filed by the Chatenay-Malabry lab denouncing intrusions into their computer system. Police investigating the lab's complaint found a common link to another hacking case, a consulting firm allegedly involved in a bid by the French electricity company EDF to spy on Greenpeace France.

The prosecutor's office had argued against sending Landis to trial, contending the inquiry failed to show he participated in the hacking or knowingly received internal lab documents that had been obtained fraudulently. But the judge, who has the final say, disagreed.

In January, a French arrest warrant was issued for Landis and Baker so they could be questioned about hacking at the Chatenay-Malabry lab dating to September 2006.

The lab uncovered elevated testosterone levels in Landis' 2006 Tour de France samples, and he was stripped of his victory.

Baker, a retired doctor and longtime Landis coach and adviser, is to be tried for "complicity and receiving in the fraudulous intrusion into an automated treatment system," the officials said. Landis is to be tried for "receiving in the fraudulous intrusion," according to the officials.

Landis is currently competing in New Zealand's Tour of Southland, where he's fourth overall.