Laboratory had analysed sample that gave rise to positive test by man stripped of 2006 Tour de France win

Floyd Landis, the American cyclist who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title after failing a drugs test, has been convicted by a French court of hacking into the computer records of the laboratory that tested the sample in question.

The 36-year-old, tried in his absence, was handed a 12-month suspended sentence. The state prosecutor had requested a penalty of 18 months, reports the Washington Post.

Prosecutors had maintained that Landis, along with his coach Arnie Baker, had illegally accessed the records of the WADA accredited laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry, operated by France's anti-doping agency, the AFLD, in an attempt to gather evidence to try and clear his name.

The laboratory had discovered that the rider, then with the Phonak team, had unusually high levels of testosterone in a sample taken after he had ridden his way right back into contention on GC with a storming ride to Morzine in the Alps, putting more than 7 minutes into maillot jaune Oscar Pereiro, who would eventually be awarded the overall victory.

Landis finally confessed to his drug-taking last year, and also levelled accusations of systematic doping at members of his former US Postal Service team, including seven times Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong. An investigation into those allegations by Landis and others is continuing in the US.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.