CAS confirms Landis appeal

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BERNE, Switzerland, Oct 11 (Reuters) The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed the filing of an appeal by American cyclist Floyd Landis against the stripping of his 2006 Tour de France title.

Landis was banned from the sport for two years in September by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) after a French laboratory found traces of synthetic testosterone in a sample provided by the rider during the Tour.

The Lausanne-based court said it would give further details on the arbitration procedure at a later date.

CAS said that as a general rule it aimed to deliver decisions within four months of appeals being filed.

Landis issued a statement yesterday declaring his intention to take the case to CAS.

The first rider to be stripped of the Tour de France title said the French laboratory had made mistakes resulting in a ''false positive.'' Oscar Pereiro of Spain, the 2006 Tour runner-up, is set to receive the winner's yellow jersey in a ceremony on Monday in Madrid.

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