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Pereiro gets 2006 winner's jersey

MADRID, Spain — Oscar Pereiro finally got his hands on the winner's yellow jersey from the 2006 Tour de France on Monday.

"Finally, we have a winner and it's Oscar," Tour director Christian Prudhomme said at the handover ceremony at the Spain's Sports Ministry. "Oscar, you have won the Tour out on the road."

The Spaniard moved up from second to first after the disqualification of Floyd Landis for a doping violation.

"I'm excited, but we'll see how it feels after I'm actually holding it later today," Pereiro said earlier Monday.

The International Cycling Union formally declared Pereiro the winner on Sept. 21, one day after a U.S. arbitration panel voted 2-1 to remove the title from Landis for using synthetic testosterone during the Tour.

It's the first time in the 105-year history of the race that a winner has been stripped of the title.

Landis has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which is expected to issue a final and binding ruling by mid-February.

Spanish Sports Minister Jamie Lissavetzky and Patrice Clerc, head of Tour organizers ASO, were attending the ceremony.

Pereiro held a lead of more than eight minutes over Landis before the American made a spectacular comeback in the 17th stage to set up his 2006 Tour victory. Pereiro finished 57 seconds behind Landis in the final standings.

Associated Press Writer Paul Logothetis contributed to this report.