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Tour de France winner says his case not about doping, denies wrongdoing

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SHOTLIST 1. Wide exterior of hotel where news conference held in Madrid 2. Floyd Landis seated in hotel room talking on mobile phone 3. Close of Landis on phone 4. Photographic media scrambling to take shots of Landis 5. Cutaway TV camera 6. Landis standing for photo before sitting for news conference 7. Wide of news conference 8. SOUNDBITE (English) Floyd Landis "I declare convincingly and categorically that my winning the 'Tour de France' has been exclusively due to many years of training and my complete devotion of cycling. To sacrifice of an entire life to carry out my dream of thousands of kilometres that I have completed through an absolute respect to the clean-ness of the sport." 9. Cutaway media 10. SOUNDBITE (English) Floyd Landis: "As always, since I have cycled, my physiological parameters of testosterone and epi-testosterone are high. As of those of any other sportsman and in special cases, as in mine. For natural reasons, this level is higher still." 11. Cutaway media 12. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Luis Sanz, Lawyer: "The test's result (high testosterone level) of the cyclist is normal, I mean the result was produced in a normal way by his metabolism. Absolutely we doubt the tests made by this laboratory in Paris. And we think this may have happened to other sportsmen." 13. Cutaway cameras 14. SOUNDBITE (English) Floyd Landis: "I will say that I'm quite proud of that day. I did the best ride I could do, I was the strongest guy on the stage and in the race and I deserve to win. I was determined to win. I set out that day to win the stage -I didn't know about gaining any time. My goal was to win the stage and I'm proud of it." 15. Media 16. Various of Landis and photographers STORYLINE: Floyd Landis is ready to prove he did not cheat to win the Tour de France. The American cyclist said Friday that he will undergo tests to show the world his victory in cycling's biggest event was not tainted by doping. He said the positive result had nothing to do with doping, and that the high level of testosterone in his blood was the result of his natural metabolism. On Friday, the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania-native defended himself as an honest competitor who had devoted his life to the sport of cycling. �I declare convincingly and categorically that my winning the Tour de France has been exclusively due to many years of training and my complete devotion to cycling,� he said, adding that he has �absolute respect for the cleanness of the sport.� �I was the strongest guy. I deserved to win, and I'm proud of it,� he said, wearing a red-and-black baseball cap turned around backward and a white shirt with the name of his Phonak cycling team. Landis said he was shocked when told of the initial positive result. He said he had been tested six other times during the Tour, and many other times during the year. �I would like to make absolutely clear that I am not in any doping process,� he said. �I ask not to be judged by anyone, much less sentenced by anyone.� Others agreed that the test results seemed odd. Dr. Gary Wadler, a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency and a spokesman for the American College of Sports Medicine, said Thursday that had Landis been a user of a banned substance to boost his testosterone it would likely have appeared in his earlier tests. Landis' Phonak team suspended him after the International Cycling Union notified it Wednesday that he had an �unusual level of testosterone/epitestosterone� in a test conducted after his stirring comeback in the Tour's 17th stage last week. Landis's victory in the Tour was one of the feel-good stories of the year. The son of devout Mennonite parents had raced on a hip that is so painful he will need an operation to replace it later this year. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/cab5afa3d18b221d973fa4442b59ae7c Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork