Bahati Racing, Floyd Landis part ways
Not unexpectedly, controversial cyclist Floyd Landis and his sponsor, Dr. Brent Kay via the OUCH Medical Center, are no longer associated with the Bahati Foundation cycling team, according to a release from the Bahati Foundation.
Floyd had signed with Bahati racing in March and the team applied to be in the Amgen Tour of California but was not invited. During the race last week, e-mails Floyd and Kay had sent to Lance Armstrong and Tour of California director Andrew Messick were revealed after a Wall Street Journal story originally reported on the e-mails.
In the e-mails, Floyd and Kay tried to get the Bahati team entered in the race and Floyd made claims he has information implicating Armstrong and fellow American racers Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie and Dave Zabriskie in illegal performance-enhancing doping in the years before Landis won the 2006 Tour de France.
Landis eventually had that title stripped after he failed a doping test during the race.
On Saturday, Landis attended the Tour of California time trial in front of LA Live and stayed in an OUCH sponsors tent where he mingled with some young Bahati cyclists.
According to a VeloNews story, Bahati racers were told via e-mail Thursday that Landis was off the team and Kay was no longer a sponsor.
-- Diane Pucin
Photo: Floyd Landis makes an appearance at the Tour of California in Los Angeles last weekend. Credit: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images