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November 27, 2021

Alberto Contador banned for two years

Spain’s cyclist Alberto Contador was given a two-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday for failing a dope test during the 2010 Tour de France, according to Eurosport. Contador, a Tour winner in 2007, 2009 and 2010 who tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol, is now set to be stripped of his last title which will be handed to Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck, with Briton Bradley Wiggins climbing on to the podium in third place and Russian Denis Menchov finishing second.

“In rejecting the defence argument, in particular that the presence of clenbuterol in Alberto Contador’s urine sample came from the consumption of contaminated meat, today’s ruling confirms the UCI’s position,” the UCI, who had appealed with the World Anti-Doping Agency against the Spanish federation’s decision to clear Contador, said in a statement.

“However, the UCI has not derived a sense of satisfaction from the CAS ruling, but rather welcomes the news as the end of a long-running affair that has been extremely painful for cycling.”

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