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French official says synthetic testosterone found in Landis

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PARIS (AP) - The head of France's anti-doping commission says synthetic testosterone was found in Floyd Landis' samples.      

He tells The Associated Press the finding from a French lab confirms that the hormone came from an outside source.      

Landis has argued that the testosterone was "natural and produced by my own organism."       The American cyclist's backup "B" sample came back positive today, confirming the original test that found higher-than-allowable levels of testosterone.      

Landis was immediately fired by his team, and the Tour de France says it no longer considers him its champion. But the decision to strip him of his title rests with the International Cycling Union.      

Landis would become the first winner in the 103-year history of cycling's premier race to lose his Tour crown over doping allegations.      

Landis says he has "never taken any banned substance, including testosterone."

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