30 September 2010

Tour champion Contador tests positive, suspended

Image courtesy of Joel Saget via AFP file
From Yahoo! Sports:
Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador tested positive for a banned drug while winning this year’s race and has been suspended by cycling’s governing body, dealing a potentially crushing blow to his sport’s efforts to shake off its doping-soiled past.

Contador blamed contaminated food for the test result.

A World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited lab in Cologne, Germany, found a “very small concentration” of the muscle-building and fat-burning drug clenbuterol in the Spanish rider’s sample on July 21 at the Tour, according to a statement from the UCI.
Although all drug tests presumably have threshold amounts, Tthe amount of the drug doesn't seem to matter:
“This is serious and this case needs to be clarified,” Pierre Bordry, the outgoing head of France’s anti-doping agency, told RTL radio. “Clenbuterol is a forbidden substance, whatever the amount which is detected. If they really found it, it’s forbidden.”
Coming on the heels of the Floyd Landis mess, this doesn't bode well for cycling.
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