Contador Tests Pos?

By now most of you have probably read that Contador has tested positive for a substance called clenbuterol from a control on the eve of the Col de Tourmalet stage on July 21. Clenbuterol is a drug prescribed to sufferers of breathing disorders as a decongestant and bronchodilator. People with breathing disorders such as asthma use this as a bronchodilator to make breathing easier. A good friend of mine who is a medical doctor tells me it's basically "a poor man's adrenaline". It stimulates the same receptors that adrenaline does, similar to ephedrine. It has the identical chemical make-up to Ventolin.  It sounds like a drug that would be good for a bike racer, however why would Contador be dumb enough to take a drug like this and expect to get away with it?  It's a drug that's easy to test for. And why would he take this on a rest day? If he wanted to risk his career then he'd surely find a more sophisticated way than this.

On the other hand, I've never read anywhere that Condador is an asthmatic (not that this means much). From what I understand, there's no reason this drug would be put into food in the large quantities necessary to show positive in a test since it's metabolized very quickly (depending on when he took it). Also, wouldn't Astana have their own personal chef? And wouldn't the whole Astana team eat together? Why would only Contador turn up positive (unless he was the only one tested)?  Things don't add up on a number of levels.  (update: many of my initial questions have been answered now)

A couple websites have written this identical paragraph (which I’m not sure of the original source and who the “experts” are):

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, 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.

After being at the New Pathways to Pro Cycling and listening carefully to Dr. Michael Ashenden who is on the UCI panel of experts for doping related cases, these situations are not cut and dry. There is a lot of consideration that goes into abnormal test results and determining the cause. I’m not one for conspiracy theories and highly doubt that this would or could be swept under the carpet and let go.

My first reaction is always to believe the best in people, however Floyd made a fool out of me once already. Whatever the result is, this is another bad strike for cycling at a time that couldn’t be much worse. One thing is for certain, we’ll definitely start seeing more mainstream media coverage in the press over the next few days. The damage is done. The UCI needs to have better control over how information like this is released before a final decision is made.

Looks like Riche Porte might be Saxobank’s Grand Tour captain next year.

BTW, did anyone noticed Aldo Sassi’s comment about Contador winning 3 Grand Tours next year?

UCI Media 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.”

Also, interesting letter that was posted on Velonation from Andy Ramos (Contador’s attorney) to Dr Douwe de Boer. I don’t know if Dr Boer is like Dr. Spaceman from 30 Rock, but I’ll assume his opinion is valid.



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  • Nbob

    I’ve always thought that it would be so easy for a fan to sabotage the race of a rider he didn’t like because you can get with in inches of a rider and run along with him for a bit on a climb. Mix a little clenbuterol into an aerosole and secretly spray it just ahead of the rider and he’s bound to inhale it. If it’s colourless/odorless how would you know?

    I hope that’s not the case because the ability to get that close makes cycling unique among sports. Hate to see them rope off the road as a precaution in the future.

  • Nbob

    I’ve always thought that it would be so easy for a fan to sabotage the race of a rider he didn’t like because you can get with in inches of a rider and run along with him for a bit on a climb. Mix a little clenbuterol into an aerosole and secretly spray it just ahead of the rider and he’s bound to inhale it. If it’s colourless/odorless how would you know?

    I hope that’s not the case because the ability to get that close makes cycling unique among sports. Hate to see them rope off the road as a precaution in the future.

  • http://www.6am-ers.com bigmat78

    Hmm… what’s Andy Schleck up to these days other than having a drink with Stuey ?

  • http://twitter.com/mindtron Chris H

    interesting report on Clenbuterol in meat from the USDA in the 90s. Mentions contamination in Spain:
    “Samples had clenbuterol concentrations of 160 to 291 parts per billion. The people were hospitalized with reversible symptoms of increased heart rate, muscular tremors, headache, nausea, fever, and chills.”

    http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/background/clenbute.htm

    take from it what you will.

  • http://twitter.com/mindtron Chris H

    interesting report on Clenbuterol in meat from the USDA in the 90s. Mentions contamination in Spain:
    “Samples had clenbuterol concentrations of 160 to 291 parts per billion. The people were hospitalized with reversible symptoms of increased heart rate, muscular tremors, headache, nausea, fever, and chills.”

    http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/background/clenbute.htm

    take from it what you will.

  • http://twitter.com/wornsaddle Matt On Bike

    An AP report a few minutes ago points out “Clenbuterol is used as a weight-loss drug which builds muscle while burning fat. ” implying it’s not used so much for the bronchodilation effects

    Also Specialized have just posted about their own perspective on the matter http://iamspecialized.com/road/news-article/expert-opinion-points-to-food-contamination-as-cause-of-contador—s-test-results

  • http://twitter.com/wornsaddle Matt On Bike

    An AP report a few minutes ago points out “Clenbuterol is used as a weight-loss drug which builds muscle while burning fat. ” implying it’s not used so much for the bronchodilation effects

    Also Specialized have just posted about their own perspective on the matter http://iamspecialized.com/road/news-article/expert-opinion-points-to-food-contamination-as-cause-of-contador—s-test-results

  • Nbob

    Lets assume that it was unintentional ( drug given to chicken- AC eats chicken salad – drug passed on to AC) what happens to the results?

    I remember a Canadian rower (in the womans 4 )tested positive for ephedrine at some international event. After investigation they determined it was unintentional ( she took a cold med that, when sold in Canada, was made without ephedrine but not so where the event was held) She was not sanctioned except they took away her ( and her 3 teammates ) gold medal.

    So does Schleck get the GC whether the positive was intentional or not ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Chadwick/604555001 Tim Chadwick

    From what Phil Ligget said in the broadcast on ONE HD “it couldn’t help a rabbit jump over a fence”
    Why would it only come out now? Let alone have in the title Doping rather then Food poisoning or alleged food poisoning?
    Once the media gets wind of cyclist and doping in the same sentence boom slander =(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Chadwick/604555001 Tim Chadwick

    From what Phil Ligget said in the broadcast on ONE HD “it couldn’t help a rabbit jump over a fence”
    Why would it only come out now? Let alone have in the title Doping rather then Food poisoning or alleged food poisoning?
    Once the media gets wind of cyclist and doping in the same sentence boom slander =(

  • pinarello413

    Hmmm. Maybe the Clen made AC attack AS when AS dropped his chain. I’m still spewin about that….

  • http://www.facebook.com/pierre.pino Pierre Pino

    Why do these things always surface just before big events? This will have all the haters talking just days before the world champs. For the sake of the sport I hope he’s cleared of this.

  • Jonanderton

    I am ashamed of this website , Mr Contador has committed fraud, the clenbuterol,s doping substance, recently cyclist LI FUYO also tested positive with clenbuterol, it seems that is one of the fashionable drugs in sports, CONTADOR HAS TO PAY

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  • Anonymous

    Jumping to conclusions, yelling fraud without knowing all the facts or context. Not recognising the possibility of such a small sample finding its way into a rider etc. You, my friend are a first class moron. Now this is a fact.

  • Anonymous

    Jumping to conclusions, yelling fraud without knowing all the facts or context. Not recognising the possibility of such a small sample finding its way into a rider etc. You, my friend are a first class moron. Now this is a fact.

  • Anonymous

    did you even read the whole article? god you are quick to jump the gun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636550395 Robert Merkel

    It sounds to me, based on what we’ve read so far, that it’s highly unlikely that he would have received any performance enhancement if the drug was indeed ingested on July 21 at the concentrations reported.

    As such, some kind of inadvertent contamination does sound plausible, except for the fact that none of his teammates had the drug in their system…and it’s kind of a weird coincidence that a drug is detected in his system *on the rest day before THE crucial stage of the Tour*.

    Given that, what are the less charitable explanations?

    1. He took the clenbuterol at a higher concentration (either on that day or slightly earlier) and used a masking technique or agent that worked, but not quite well enough. Possible, but it’s not at all clear what help it would provide, and surely if somebody like Contador wanted to cheat surely he’d have more effective and less detectable drugs made available to him. Again, I’m not saying that he *is* a cheat, merely that if he wanted to cheat he’s got the resources to be able to receive the best cheating advice money and contacts can buy.

    2. In the off-season, he “donated” some blood for later use. At the time, he had been using clenbuterol, and had stopped perhaps a week before and thought it was all out of his system and the blood was clean. For the crucial stage up to the Tourmalet, he had a transfusion, which is known to greatly improve performance. The transfusion wasn’t detected, but the residual clenbuterol was.

    As far as hypothesis 2 goes, if it were true, why wasn’t the climb up Tourmalet faster? By the standards of the dope-assisted years, Contador was pretty slow – and it’s not like he had a comfortable margin and there wasn’t any point to attacking. If I was in his position in the race and had the chance to put 30 seconds on Andy Schleck, I certainly would have.

    None of this makes any sense at all.

  • Notso Swift

    The thing for me, is intentional or not, performance enhancing or not, whether it was 1/400th the detectable quantity or not, sabotage or not, the WADA (and UCI) code is pretty clearand he should cop a penalty
    Obviously this is against natural justice if situation was that he was sabotaged (be the advertently or inadvertently via a supplement) with a minuscule amount with no benefit… however… as far as I am aware there is no provision for this. Can anyone clarify that?
    I think this will be going on for a long time and as a result Cycling as a whole will be the loser

  • Notso Swift

    The thing for me, is intentional or not, performance enhancing or not, whether it was 1/400th the detectable quantity or not, sabotage or not, the WADA (and UCI) code is pretty clearand he should cop a penalty
    Obviously this is against natural justice if situation was that he was sabotaged (be the advertently or inadvertently via a supplement) with a minuscule amount with no benefit… however… as far as I am aware there is no provision for this. Can anyone clarify that?
    I think this will be going on for a long time and as a result Cycling as a whole will be the loser

  • http://twitter.com/Tinea_Pedis TP

    Ironically, given the stink they kicked up, the UCI have gone and created more of a ‘hullabaloo’ with this very poorly timed release on a doping related matter than Floyd ever did in his time here.

    I’m lost for words really on their thought processes at times.

  • Hullster

    I recall this interesting comment on cyclingnews after stage 8 of the 2010 TdF (11th July):

    “Alberto probably wanted to win the stage today. He’s a little bit disappointed. He struggled to breathe in the final climb,” said Sanquer. Contador confirmed that his breathing wasn’t as good as usual.

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-satisfied-with-first-mountain-stage

  • http://twitter.com/Tinea_Pedis TP

    You guys are aware then of ‘strict liability’ policy that the UCI employ in the bio passport. Simply put, no matter how a substance gets in to your sample you it’s yours. You then have to account for it.

    (now this may be a big assumption and doesn’t seem the case here) but before the breach is made public there are two panels of experts that must pass judgment that the only means for the substance to be present is via doping and the rider should have already had a right of reply.

    It’s going to get very messy for Contador from here and could be quicker for him to take the 2 years – as the conference taught us that the appeals process is not only extremely lengthy but very, very hard (and costly) to win.
    Which is a pity, as it means not many riders (short of someone like Contador) would have the means to finance a defense.

    Honestly, I cannot see them letting this one drop. No matter how it got there, strict liability says it’s a prohibited substance and to say it was at levels that are not performance enhancing I think are missing the forest for the trees…

  • http://www.cyclingTipsBlog.com cyclingTips

    Floyd must be absolutely rapped that the attention has been taken off him for a few days

  • http://twitter.com/Tinea_Pedis TP

    Ah crap, another one
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/mosquera-positive-at-the-vuelta

    And apparently something about Ricco being done too? Again?

  • DeanM

    I’ll let the experts judge him and others who find themselves in the same boat first before I feel once again disappointed by cycling.
    But if I am to hypothesize on how the test came back positive then many factors come to mind other than the obvious, Cross Contamination during the testing process is one.

    But still I’ll leave it to the people who are the experts.

  • http://twitter.com/Tinea_Pedis TP

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-press-conference-tour-de-france-winner-blames-food-for-positive-test

    Due process was followed by the UCI. Now the protracted legal case…..

    And confirmation their timing of releasing stuff like this is horrendous.

  • Hollywood

    FREE Valverde & Contador!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636550395 Robert Merkel

    There’s two separate issues here.

    As a matter of fairnes. If I unintentionally consume a banned substance, and it gives me a performance enhancement, I should be ineligible to compete while that performance enhancement lasts, and any results I achieve with the (unintended) assistance of that substance should be null and void. Bans from future competition regardless, my results from the period I got the assistance shouln’t stand.

    However, if I unintentionally took a banned substance, took all reasonable steps to avoid taking such a substance, and it’s clear I got no advantage whatsoever from it, then I don’t think it’s fair to apply any penalty at all.

    If food contamination or some other inadvertent source can be clearly shown to be the source of the clenbuterol, and it wasn’t in sufficient concentrations to provide any performance advantage, a penalty would clearly be unfair; if the rules mandat a penalty in such circumstances they should be changed.

    Sadly, the most likely scenario is that there will be no actual evidence one way or the other as to the source of the clenbuterol, in which case Contador will be forever unfairly tainted as a drug cheat, or will forever be able to falsely claim innocence.

    As you say, cycling will be the loser.

  • Fwsm

    Not sure how I feel about this. I think Contador is smug little punk but that being said I’ve never seen a champion that didn’t have self confidence.

    I hope it was unintentional but if it’s not he should punished.

  • http://twitter.com/mindtron Chris H

    a number of people I have seen have brought up his teammates, but do we know if any of his teammates were tested the same day?

  • http://twitter.com/mindtron Chris H

    a number of people I have seen have brought up his teammates, but do we know if any of his teammates were tested the same day?

  • Mattiboy66

    Thanks. Finally one post that looks at the facts and some analysis of them, rather than uninformed opinion. Just hope any meaningful facts and analysis can occur before the media makes up its own mind.

  • http://twitter.com/Clubrider Andrew Gannon

    The part of the story I find hard to believe is that his friend brings meat to the astana chef from Spain in the middle of a 3 week tour(why- did he have a food transport vehicle ?) and only Bert eats it as Alex V ( also tested ) had already eaten ….this whole story sounds fishy and concocted and I think a transfusion theory is far more probable. ie blood was unknowingly contaminated.

  • Mattiboy66

    Too late. Just heard on abc radio that “Contator’s result has cast a dark cloud over the world champs.” so much for abc policy of unbiased reporting.

  • Mattiboy66

    Too late. Just heard on abc radio that “Contator’s result has cast a dark cloud over the world champs.” so much for abc policy of unbiased reporting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7402065 Katherine Fuller

    Thoughtful response. Apologies if I’m repeating what someone else said – no time this morning to read the always-good comments. Wasn’t Contador complaining of allergies a lot this year? I’m not attempting to defend him, but maybe he took something more serious to clear up those reported breathing problems and didn’t think it through.

    On another note, the UCI needs to improve its press office. Desperately.

  • Patrick

    not as famous a cyclist, but with similar elements (and same expert witness) http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/anti-doping-expert-lends-li-support-in-doping-case

  • Patrick

    not as famous a cyclist, but with similar elements (and same expert witness) http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/anti-doping-expert-lends-li-support-in-doping-case

  • Troll

    Blame the UCI. They knew about it since at least two weeks or so as they had the results of the B-sample. It took the media ’til the day before yesterday to figure it out read collect all the prove they needed. As they kept asking about it and it would look even worse for the UCI if they not only delayed release of this news but also are not the first to tell the public about it.

  • Mat

    He’s had a month to come up with a defense and we get ‘my friend brought my favorite chorizo from Spain but Vino had already had a cheese platter’. Did Floyd ‘it was the beer’ help him come up with this?

  • Troll

    OK. There is the scientific facts, the amount is really tiny. I guess that it is too little to enhance performance. But could it be leftovers from doping? Since there are supposed to be really high levels of the softening agent which is used for blood bags in the sample which was taken the day before. Could it be a hint for blood doping with his own blood? And if that is so are the WADA threshold(s) too high at the moment? But that is up to the scientists at the moment.
    What is more urgent at the moment and does concern the fans, the press and the UCI are other questions.
    1. The UCI noticed AC about the positive A-sample on August the 24th and already has the result of the B-sample. So why didn’t they announced it earlier? Why did we have to wait until media put the pieces together? In case of the busted Milram rider the positive A-sample was announced directly after the rider was informed. Do “stars” get preferential treatment? Did the UCI try to cover up?
    2. I watched a video of the interview with the German journalist who(se team) found out about it. He said he phoned McQuaid on the day before the UCI announced the positive sample and McQuaid claimed he knew nothing. This is another perfect example why McQuaid has to go. He is either totally unbelievable and a frequent liar or he has no clue what’s going in his company. And to me he never made the impression of incompetence.

  • Troll

    OK. There is the scientific facts, the amount is really tiny. I guess that it is too little to enhance performance. But could it be leftovers from doping? Since there are supposed to be really high levels of the softening agent which is used for blood bags in the sample which was taken the day before. Could it be a hint for blood doping with his own blood? And if that is so are the WADA threshold(s) too high at the moment? But that is up to the scientists at the moment.
    What is more urgent at the moment and does concern the fans, the press and the UCI are other questions.
    1. The UCI noticed AC about the positive A-sample on August the 24th and already has the result of the B-sample. So why didn’t they announced it earlier? Why did we have to wait until media put the pieces together? In case of the busted Milram rider the positive A-sample was announced directly after the rider was informed. Do “stars” get preferential treatment? Did the UCI try to cover up?
    2. I watched a video of the interview with the German journalist who(se team) found out about it. He said he phoned McQuaid on the day before the UCI announced the positive sample and McQuaid claimed he knew nothing. This is another perfect example why McQuaid has to go. He is either totally unbelievable and a frequent liar or he has no clue what’s going in his company. And to me he never made the impression of incompetence.

  • Anonymous

    How frustrating. The press release happens during the world champs, cheapening the amazing work of the riders that are here and competing and it’s a dubious accusation of doping at that. I understand that the WADA have to be extremely rigorous and take every positive result seriously… but amounts that are well below the WADA threshold?

  • Ed

    Contador claims that tests can’t be trusted as the equipment was purchased by Armstrong ;)

  • Rob.

    Quoting TP:

    Which is a pity, as it means not many riders (short of someone like Contador) would have the means to finance a defense.

    So it seems that cycling is simply a microcosm of society- everyone has the right to a defense (if they can afford it).

    I assume that for Contador’s results to have been reported the ‘second sample’ has been tested and the chain of custody was ok?

    Anyone remember Diane Modahl, a British athlete who’s sample was ‘concentrated’ after being left on a window sill in the sun (or some such ridiculous method of storage). Best not to jump to too many guilty conclusions just yet…

  • Gerardg

    In a long line of excuses, never bettered by the ‘i didn’t inhale’ routine ‘, it was the meat that did it’ is fantastic. The likely reason of using previously stored blood is much more realistic. What is extremely frustrating is that the use of drugs within cycling could be eliminated once and for all simply by the introduction of Police guards for the teams throughout a Tour. You would only have to do it once as the performances themselves (most likely a 35-7km/h average for the event) would highlight the amount of cheating previously going on. Every bag going in and out of the hotel gets searched. There are many ex pros (of which Landis/Pate) who have discussed the methods of doping including beating the tests which randomly catch people.

    What is more frustrating is to believe cycling is the only sport with doping issues. It’s illogical. Operation Puerto..I wonder how many footballers were caught up in that. Imagine the stink if the worlds biggest game got shown up. Its time cycling starting pointing the finger back.

  • Anonymous

    According to a German TV journo (who is supposed to know his stuff), it’s not the Clenbuterol that is the issue…

    “Other values have appeared that are ten times over the higher value from so-called plasticizers [such as di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) – ed.] which are used in blood bags. These values were measured one day before the positive dope control. These blood bag softener values could indicate that autologous blood doping may have been performed”.

    http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/5846/German-journalist-claims-UCI-denied-Alberto-Contador-positive-test-says-rider-may-have-received-transfusions.aspx

    Now it seems that dipsh1t Ricco has been busted too. It all sounds either keystone cops or CSI, but the Italian police have been running “Operation Cobra-red”, tapping his phone and raided his home finding 50 tablets in his safe..

    If you remember Ricco doing his “ssss…oohh, I’m a cobra” victory salutes in the Tour before being busted, you’ll be laughing at this loser like I am. His brother in law and former team mate’s name is Rossi, hence the operation name.

    Sadly, they’re wrecking the sport again…

    Cobra-Red

  • Anonymous

    It is all very weird, because Contador has been able to rustle up experts, a defence, etc. on the same day the UCI issued the press release..

    It might be damage control of sorts, because the German journo chasing this story said on Velonation that he had been chasing Pat McQuaid as late as yesterday asking about the positive test and was told “I don’t know what you’re talking about”. Then the UCI issued a press release about it.

    How does a journo know about Contador’s positive test before the UCI released it to everyone else?

  • Troll

    It would be naive to think in other sports there is no doping, but cycling as two problems. It has some kind of history/tradition and bad leaderships. Another traditionally “dirty” sport is athletics and still the sponsors and the media is not that bad as it is for cycling. I wonder why.
    Yes, Operation Puerto was another wasted chance, not only for cycling to get clean(er) but also to sow that other sports have that problem too. If that would be revealed that maybe would be a good thing since the sports federations might have been forced to do something and even work together and with a bit of luck the doping networks would have to take a big hit. But except for cycling Fuentes’ list must have only contained Spanish sport stars, supposedly Nadal and the whole team of Barcelona, and we know how much the Spanish authorities did to protect Valverde (and Contador? His name was supposed to be on the list too).

  • http://twitter.com/52Teeth Dan Williams

    Drugged meat. How would he know?
    Contador takes said drug during spring training. Contador has blood removed for later date.
    Rest day at the Tour, oh I’m a bit tired, fetch me a pint of that spring vintage from the fridge dear.
    Next day, fit as a fiddle. Oh and a positive test.
    Only my opinion, what did Mr. Schlek say after chain gate? What comes around goes around. Well here it comes!

  • http://twitter.com/52Teeth Dan Williams

    Drugged meat. How would he know?
    Contador takes said drug during spring training. Contador has blood removed for later date.
    Rest day at the Tour, oh I’m a bit tired, fetch me a pint of that spring vintage from the fridge dear.
    Next day, fit as a fiddle. Oh and a positive test.
    Only my opinion, what did Mr. Schlek say after chain gate? What comes around goes around. Well here it comes!

  • Stefannelemans

    Wel in my opinion it does make sence 2 not climb faster and let andy take the stage, it gives a lower chance that they wil test contador, so the eye goes first 2 the stagewinner andy schleck(I never understood why he would ever give the stage away in the first place) but after this, it makes sence a bloodtransfusion has been taken place
    it also explains the not very good preformance the day after in the timetrail, because after a good day by doping mostly comes a weaker day(look at vino tour 2007).

  • pmark1bike

    New press! French paper suggests there could be evidence of blood doping http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/lequipe-raises-new-doubts-over-contador

  • Troll

    quote of the day:

    “It’s a story that we’ve been expecting,” Offredo said to RMC.fr. “We’re not unduly surprised. A little [surprised] about the Clenbuterol because we’d really have expected something else. It’s like the tree that hides the forest.

    “Right now, amongst the riders, I can tell you that we’re not that shocked.”
    source: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/chavanel-says-contador-must-prove-his-innocence

  • bella

    I feel sorry for Andy.

  • Nikabike

    Hi from Barcelona, Spain. Here we are again, with the same problem…. people, like me, who love cycling are fed up of these stories… we want much more control here in Spain, I don’t know if Contador is “guilty” or not, UCI will say, but thanks to these cases they are going to destroy cycling…. Today Contador will appear in a TV programm, let’s see what he says… Take care !
    http://nikabike.blogspot.com

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