Yellow jersey US Lance Armstrong (US Postal/USA) talks with his teammate US Floyd Landis during the 18th stage of the 91st Tour de France cycling race between Annemasse and Lons-le-Saunier in front of 23 July 2004. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

In the 2004 Tour de France, Armstrong (left) and Landis were teammates. (Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

By Mark Memmott

After nearly four years of denying he used performance enhancing drugs, cyclist Floyd Landis has sent e-mails to "officials and sponsors admitting to, and detailing, his systematic use" of such banned substances, The Wall Street Journal reports.

And, "the e-mails also claim that other riders and cycling officials allegedly participated in doping, including seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong," says the Journal, which writes that it has reviewed the e-mails and been told by three people who have seen them and "spoken to Mr. Landis about them" that the messages are authentic.

Landis, you may recall, was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France crown after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone.

Armstrong has always said he does not use performance enhancing drugs and has passed the detection tests given to competitors throughout his career. Watch for him to respond to the Journal's report on his Twitter page.


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8:50 - May 20, 2010