It has been reported Alberto Contador tested positive for the banned stimulant clenbuterol. A World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited lab in Cologne, Germany, found a “very small concentration” of clenbuterol in Contador’s urine sample on July 21 at the Tour, according to a statement from the UCI.
Rather confusingly, the cycling organisation reported that:
” the amount was “400 time(s) less than what the antidoping laboratories accredited by WADA must be able to detect,” .
Contador’s publicist suggested it must have come from food contamination.
The UCI have suspended Contador and say they need “further scientific investigation before any conclusion could be drawn”.
Whatever happens it is a great disappointment for cycling. If nothing else there will be lengthy disputes and arguments. If it was from food contamination, it is the greatest misfortune it should end up in the food of the yellow jersey champion. The scale of contamination suggests it may be a possibility. If it is because Contador was doping, then it is good that the test results caught it. Though if you’re going to dope, why take so little in a race you know you will be tested heavily in?
I don’t know what to make of it. There’s an article here at Cycling News about the possibility of Food contamination