Alberto Contador Tour De France
February 6, 2012 by staff
Alberto Contador Tour De France, The three-time champion has been banned for two years by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) after a performance enhancing substance was discovered in his blood stream during the Tour two years ago.
The Spanish rider had claimed a portion of contaminated meat had been the reason behind traces of clebuterol being found.
But CAS judged that both the meat contamination theory and a blood transfusion scenario proposed by the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) were also possible.
“Unlike certain other countries, notably outside Europe, Spain is not known to have a contamination problem with clenbuterol in meat.” CAS said in a statement.
“Furthermore, no other cases of athletes having tested positive to clenbuterol allegedly in connection with the consumption of Spanish meat are known.”
Contador was originally cleared last February by the Spanish cycling federation. The case ended up in court after appeals by the Union Cycliste International and WADA.
The ruling on Contador comes just three days after U.S. federal authorities dropped a doping investigation involving seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong. The American was a teammate of Contador during the Spaniard’s 2009 Tour victory.
Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who finished second in the 2010 Tour, will now be named as champion. Contador will also be stripped of the Giro d’Italia title he won last year.
He can, however, return to action as soon as August 5th as his ban is backdated.
Contador becomes only the second Tour de France champion to be disqualified and stripped of victory for doping.
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