Contador is suspended for positive test
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.