Former professional cyclist Floyd Landis was the winner of the 2006 Tour de France, till he was tested positive for synthetic testosterone. Óscar Pereiro received the win for the 2006 Tour de France. After that Floyd Landis’ $3 million contract with Phonak wad terminated.
Even though he maintained his innocence for several years, he broke down in 2007 admitting to doping. He explained why he used doping saying:
“It appeared to me that the very federation running the sport and tasked with enforcing the rules was uninterested in doing so,” Landis said. “The majority of the cyclists that I knew were using drugs. It was either do it or accept the fact that I wouldn’t reach the goals I had set for myself.”
In his admission to USADA and USA Cycling, Landis also pointed the finger at other American cyclists who had doped, including his former teammate on the U.S. Postal Service team, Lance Armstrong. In January 2011, Landis was unable to find a new team, which effectively ended his professional career.