France: Contador loses 2010 Tour title
Alberto Contador given two year ban
Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has been stripped of his 2010 victory title today and given a two-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Spaniard has been found guilty of doping after testing positive for the stimulant clenbuterol during the 2010 race.
Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who finished runner-up to Contador by only 39 seconds, stands to be awarded the Tour title instead.
According to the press agency AFP, the suspension will last until 6th August 2012 and means that Contador is stripped of his victory in the 2010 race. It is also likely that he could lose last year’s Giro d’Italia victory title.
The 29-year-old cyclist argued that he could have only taken clenbuterol through beef that had been contaminated with the drug. This assertion was dismissed by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The ICU president, Pat McQuaid, told English newspaper The Telegraph, “this is a sad day for our sport… Some may think of it as a victory but that is not the case at all. There aren’t any winners when it comes to the issue of doping.”