Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, three-time winner of the Toure De France, was stripped of his 2010 title Monday after he was found guilty of testing positive for banned substance clenbuterol. Contador claimed the failed test was caused by eating contaminated meat during the 2010 tour. Contador was also suspended two years by the Court of Arbitration of Sport:
“Unlike certain other countries, notably outside Europe, Spain is not known to have a contamination problem with clenbuterol in meat,” the three-man panel said in a ruling that upheld appeals by the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency after a Spanish cycling tribunal exonerated Contador last year.
“Furthermore, no other cases of athletes having tested positive to clenbuterol allegedly in connection with the consumption of Spanish meat are known.”
Contador’s ban is backdated, meaning he can begin competing again Aug. 6th of 2012. The 2010 title will be given to Toure De France runner-up Andy Schleck. Contador joins American cyclist Floyd Landis as the only two Toure De France winners to be stripped of their title for doping. The 2010 incident isn’t Contador’s first accusations of doping; he was allegedly connected to a Operacion Puerto doping case in 2006 before being cleared a few months later.
If you recall, Contador is the same cyclist that was caught punching a heckler during last year’s Toure. I guess cheater really never do prosper.