Con­ta­dor is sus­pended for pos­i­tive test

Los Angeles Times - - Sports - staff and wire re­ports — Lance Pug­mire

Span­ish rider Al­berto Con­ta­dor has been pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended for re­turn­ing an “ad­verse an­a­lyt­i­cal find­ing” of clen­buterol from a urine sam­ple taken dur­ing the Tour de France, the In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Union said Thurs­day.

The cy­clist, who won his third Tour de France this year, was tested dur­ing the sec­ond rest day of the race and the sec­ond B test had con­firmed the pres­ence of clen­buterol, a banned an­abolic agent, the UCI said in a state­ment.

“The rider, who had al­ready put an end to his cy­cling sea­son be­fore the re­sult was known, was nev­er­the­less for­mally and pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended as is pre­scribed by the World Anti-Dop­ing Code,” the state­ment said.

The con­cen­tra­tion in the A test was “400 time(s) less than what the an­ti­dop­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries ac­cred­ited by WADA must be able to de­tect,” the UCI said in a state­ment.

“In view of this very small con­cen­tra­tion and in con­sul­ta­tion with WADA, the UCI im­me­di­ately had the proper re­sults man­age­ment pro­ceed­ings con­ducted in­clud­ing the anal­y­sis of B sam­ple that con­firmed the first re­sult.”

The case would re­quire “fur­ther sci­en­tific in­ves­ti­ga­tion” be­fore any con­clu­sion could be drawn and could take some time, the state­ment added.

Con­ta­dor had blamed food con­tam­i­na­tion for the find­ing. “From the moment he was first in­formed by the UCI on Aug. 24, Al­berto Con­ta­dor in­di­cated that a con­tam­i­na­tion of food was the only pos­si­ble ex­pla­na­tion for what hap­pened,” his agent said in a state­ment car­ried by Span­ish me­dia.

Allen Lim, a for­mer ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist who worked for Floyd Lan­dis and who Lan­dis has claimed as­sisted in his cheat­ing, was called be­fore a grand jury in Los An­ge­les that is hear­ing tes­ti­mony about drug use in cy­cling. The pro­ceed­ings are se­cret. Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tor

Jeff Novitzky de­clined to com­ment about the ses­sion or about Con­ta­dor. An at­tor­ney for Lim, who worked with Lance Arm­strong dur­ing this year’s Tour, failed to re­turn mes­sages.

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