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Tour de France winner Alberto Contador tests positive for clenbuterol

Discussion in 'Sports' started by alexd, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    Tour de France winner Alberto Contador tests positive for clenbuterol

    Cyclist Alberto Contador, winner of the 2010 Tour de France, has said he has tested positive for a banned substance.

    Contador's press officer said he had tested positive for clenbuterol during a rest on the Tour in July.

    In a statement, the spokesman added that the Spanish rider was the victim of "food contamination" and would hold a news conference later on Thursday.

    Cycling's governing body, UCI, later confirmed that Contador had been provisionally suspended.

    Cycling has struggled with doping allegations for years.

    Among a host of high-profile offenders, US cyclist Floyd Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour title for a positive drugs test.

    In the statement on Thursday, Contador's press officer said the rider was first made aware of the test by the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) on 24 August.

    He said Contador would hold a news conference in his home town of Pinto, in Spain, at 1200 local time (1000 GMT) on Thursday.

    The cyclist would use it "to give his version of what happened" direct to the public, the spokesman said.

    But he faces a two-year ban if the usage of clenbuterol is confirmed.

    The UCI followed Contador's statement with its own, confirming that the rider had been "formally and provisionally suspended as is prescribed by the World Anti-Doping Code".

    Clenbuterol, a stimulant that increases breathing capacity and boosts the flow of oxygen in the bloodstream, is sometimes prescribed to treat asthma but is also often used in attempts to reduce body fat.

    Contador, who was riding for the Astana team, won the world's most prestigious race for the third time on 25 July in 2010.
     
  2. Musical Rush

    Musical Rush TRIBE Member

    They should test Spain's world cup soccer team, I bet they cheated too. If they do test positive(which I'm sure they will) the 3rd place team should get the cup.
     
  3. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    “It is a clear case of food contamination,” he told reporters in Spain.
     
  4. Nesta

    Nesta TRIBE Member

    why the 3rd place team?
     
  5. Musical Rush

    Musical Rush TRIBE Member


    cus that was Germany they had to get by to beat the Netherlands, who Germany would've destroyed. The winner was coming out of the Germany/ Spain semi final.
     

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