July 10, 2006

Landis to undergo hip surgery after Tour de France

BORDEAUX, France (Reuters) - American Floyd Landis will
undergo hip surgery after the Tour de France, the Phonak rider
said on Monday.

Landis is one of the favorites after the Tour was stripped
of its big names over a doping scandal, He lies second in the
overall standings going into stage nine on Tuesday, a minute
behind leader Serhiy Honchar of Ukraine.

Landis told a news conference: "I am in good form and want
to prove what I am capable of in the next two weeks.

"Then it will be time for me to undergo surgery. It's time
for me to ride without pain."

Landis, who broke his hip while training in California in
October 2002, should be out for up to three months.