September 30th, 2010
06:46 AM ET

Tour de France winner rejects positive doping test

Alberto Contador in Pinto, Spain, on Thursday, the day he was suspended from cycling.

[Updated at 7:53 a.m.]Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has rejected the findings of a positive dope test taken while the cyclist was competing in this year's race.

Contador was provisionally suspended from competitive cycling by the sport's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), on Thursday following the results of the test.

The Spanish rider, a three-time winner of cycling's showpiece event, had traces of the banned substance clenbuterol in a test sample he gave on July 21 - which was a rest day.

However, in a press conference held in the 27-year-old's home town of Pinto in Spain which CNN attended, Contador said he was innocent stating: "It is a food contamination case of which I am the victim."

He added that it was bad meat he had eaten the day before the test that had led to the false reading, before concluding that truth was on his side.

[Posted at 6:46 a.m.] Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has been suspended from competitive cycling after it was revealed he tested positive for a banned substance during this year's race.

The Spanish rider, a three-time winner of cycling's showpiece event, had traces of the banned substance clenbuterol in a test sample he gave on July 21 this year.

A statement from the sport's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) read: "The UCI confirmed today that Spanish rider Alberto Contador returned an adverse analytical finding for clenbuterol."

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. FULL STORY


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  1. phil

    And since your name isn't Lance Armstrong, we'll hafta to let you go.

    September 30, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. micah

    I rejected my positive dope test too, unfortunately the DA and judge did not.

    September 30, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |