VAIL, Colo. -- Tour de France champion Floyd Landis will
compete in the Teva Mountain Games in June despite an ongoing
doping investigation and hip surgery last year.
Organizers said Landis will participate in road bike and
mountain bike stages of the Ultimate Mountain Challenge on June
2-3, which also includes kayak and trail running races.
Ian Anderson, a spokesman for the games, said the doping
investigation did not deter organizers from inviting Landis.
"From the event's perspective, he's a big-name athlete that we
are excited will be able to generate quite a bit of coverage for
the event and hopefully raise quite a bit of money for a great
cause," Anderson said.
The event is a fundraiser for cancer research.
"I am excited to put my new hip to the test racing in the
Rockies," Landis said in a statement on his Web site. "This is a
wonderful opportunity to raise money for the Prostate Cancer
Foundation at the same time."
Landis, who underwent surgery on his right hip last September,
also plans to compete in Colorado's Leadville Trail 100, a 100-mile
mountain-bike race in August.
At the 2006 Tour, Landis' urine sample after a 17th-stage win
was found to contain elevated testosterone to epitestosterone
levels. The 31-year-old cyclist faces a two-year ban and would be
the first Tour rider to be stripped of the title if the doping
allegations are upheld.
He repeatedly has denied doping and has an arbitration hearing
scheduled for May 14 in California.