Alberto Contador - Positive for Clenbuterol
Alberto Contador tested positive after a blood test at the tour on the 2nd rest
day. UCI Statement...
Three time winner of the tour de France Alberto Contador tested positive for
a minute amount of Clenbuterol in a test taken on the second rest day of the
tour in July.
Vidarte, Contador's publicist, said Contador has blamed food contamination as
the only possible explanation for the test. "The experts consulted so far have
agreed also that this is a food contamination case, especially considering the
number of tests passed by Alberto Contador during the Tour de France," Vidarte
said in the release, "making it possible to define precisely both the time the
emergence of the substance as the tiny amount detected, ruling out any other
source or intentionality."
Contador will hold a news conference on Thursday morning in in Pinto, Spain.
Contador was first heard of the positive test on Aug. 24, according to
statement, and has provided his explanation to the authorities.
Press release - Adverse analytical finding for
Description: 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).
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 analyze 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
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