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Astana back Contador decision

2010-10-01 16:44

Paris - Alberto Contador's former team is backing the UCI's decision to provisionally suspend the three-time Tour de France champion after a positive drug test.

The Spaniard won his third Tour title this summer riding with the Astana team. He has since joined the Saxo Bank-SunGard team.

Astana said in a statement on Friday that team officials are "now expecting further explanations from Alberto Contador and support the UCI who suspended him provisionally."

A World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Germany found a "very small concentration" of the banned substance clenbuterol in Contador's urine sample taken on July 21 at the Tour.

Contador claimed on Thursday that contaminated meat caused the positive result.

AP