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Sadness after Contador ban

2012-02-06 16:29

Madrid - Spain's cycling supremo Juan Carlos Castano on Monday voiced his disappointment over a two-year doping ban imposed on Alberto Contador by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Former Spanish Tour de France champions Carlos Sastre and Pedro Delgado were also not amused by the sanction which also includes Contador being stripped of the 2010 Tour title and that from the 2011 Giro d'Italia.

The Spanish federation RFEC had originally not banned Contador for testing positive for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour as the rider protested his innocence and blamed the result on contaminated meat.

But the CAS, in the high-profile case, upheld an appeal by the world governing cycling body UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

While Contador was yet to comment, Castano was not pleased with the outcome after hoping for positive news.

"It is very sad and disagreeable news for Spanish cycling in particular and for sports in our country generally," he said.

The 2008 Tour winner Sastre and Delgado, a champion at the famous race in 1988, found harsh words for CAS.

Sastre named the sanction "laughable, difficult to understand, it does not have any logic.

"If you have evidence and doping has been proven, you sanction it. But if there is no evidence and it is not proven, you cannot do it."

Delgado said that the presence of clenbuterol warranted a ban, but of one year at most, and questioned how the responsible bodies were tackling the fight against doping.

"Sight is being lost of reality in the fight against doping," said Delgado. "The sport has a problem, no longer with the athletes, but with organs seeking a profile above the sport."

Delgado named the sanction "exaggerated and all the more so, when the tribunal itself admits doping has not been proven.

"If the case had been of a less known cyclist, the sanction would have been lesser."

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Comments
  • Victor - 2012-02-06 18:23

    Very sad and lance walks away scott free all because Contador did not have a life threatening disease.

      Smith251 - 2012-02-06 19:03

      Lance was never positively tested for doping, Contador was. Nothing to do with his disease. I do agree, however, that the 2 year ban is ridiculous!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-06 19:49

      Lance is more guilty than all of them, there is no way he isn't. Contador made a tool of himself by calling him a cheat and then getting caught himself.

      Michael - 2012-02-06 23:16

      Armstrong was the most tested cyclist in the world during his reign. Just because he won it all doesn't make him a cheat. And yet you have the audasity to judge him. Someone who is an inspirational figure to many thousands of people suffering with cancer and fighting the battle. Wow ignorance is bliss. Let me guess, in your eyes Woods,Federer,Nadel,Manning,Brady,Messi etc (all greats in there sports) must also be doping. Who are you to pass judgement on someone who has never been found guilty of anything. Have another beer on your couch you sad plonker

  • russel.lunt - 2012-02-06 21:02

    Cycling is a dirty sport. Some cheats will walk and some won't, so don't hate the player - hate the game.

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