Alberto Contador, three-time winner of the Tour de France, has been suspended from cycling after a urine sample taken during this year’s race tested positive for a banned substance. The drug, clenbuterol, is a common asthma medication that has been the cause of several high-level athlete suspensions in recent years. Contador claims the positive test is likely the result of tainted meat that he ate during his day off, which is technically a possibility!
All of the other samples he gave during the race came back negative.
Contador, who also won the Tour in 2007 and 2009, had already ended his 2010 racing season, but will be suspended indefinitely pending what will likely be numerous appeals and legal fights. And it’s a yet another black eye for a sport that has earned a reputation for being among the dirtiest there is.
Of the seven winners of the Tour de France since Miguel Indurain retired in 1996, all but one have been accused or implicated in a doping scandal (Although, only one–Floyd Landis–was officially stripped of his title.)
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