Okay, apparently I've been living in a cave. I just found out this morning that Alberto Contador tested positive for a banned substance back on July 21. You know, Alberto Contador, winner of the 2009 and 2010 Tour de France.
All I can say is WTF!?! I hope it's not true, but he is a smarry bastard and I didn't like how he snaked Andy Schleck out of winning this years tour. Schleck had a mechanical issue during one of the mountain stages, and Contador was behind him when it happened. Contador used the opportunity to stomp on his pedals and pass Schleck later claiming he didn't know Schleck was having a problem. Contador only beat Schleck by around 38 seconds at this years tour.
And don't even get me started on the 2009 Tour when he threw Lance under the bus, when they were on the same team last year.
Here's a copy of the official press release:
“The UCI confirmed today that Spanish rider Alberto Contador returned an adverse analytical finding for clenbuterol following the analysis of urine sample taken during an in competition test on 21st July 2010 on the second rest day of the Tour de France. This result was reported by the WADA accredited laboratory in Cologne to UCI and WADA simultaneously.
“The concentration found by the laboratory was estimated at 50 picograms (or 0,000 000 000 05 grams per ml) which is 400 time less than what the antidoping laboratories accredited by WADA must be able to detect.”
“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 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.
“This case required further scientific investigation before any conclusion could be drawn. The UCI continues working with the scientific support of WADA to analyse all the elements that are relevant to the case. This further investigation may take some more time.
“In order to protect the integrity of the proceedings and in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the UCI will refrain from making any further comments until the management of this adverse analytical finding has been completed."
Bike Diva's Opinion
Contador is claiming he ate contaminated meat and that caused the wonky test results. What? I'm waiting to her additional details before making my final judgement, but dang, the professional cycling world is just messed up.
So if Contador is stripped of this years Tour de France title, then it means Andy Schleck becomes the winner. And it makes you think about Contador's win last year too, when Shcleck was again 2nd and Lance Armstrong was 3rd. HMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva