Contador may quit if banned

2010-10-03 19:28

Madrid - Tour de France champion Alberto Contador says he may quit cycling if he is banned for doping.

"If this is not resolved favourably and in just fashion then I would have to consider whether I would ever get back on a bike," Contador told Spanish broadcaster Telecinco as he fights off after a positive test for clenbuterol, a banned substance, during this year's Tour.

Contador has been provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) after he announced his positive test Friday - but he insists he is the victim of contaminated food, saying he ate some contaminated meat brought in from Spain.

Even so, Contador, who tested positive for a minute quantity of the substance on July 21, professed himself in his interview broadcast Saturday night to be "very optimistic" that he will be absolved.

"I think this will all be resolved in a favourable manner," insisted the three-times champion.

UCI chief Pat McQuaid says Contador could have his fate decided by scientists from the union and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

World cycling's ruling body itself says only a "very small concentration" of the drug had been found and that the case warranted "further scientific investigation" because the Cologne laboratory which detected the clenbuterol is known to be able to detect the tiniest traces of drugs.

"The concentration found by the laboratory was estimated at 50 picograms which is 400 times less than what the antidoping laboratories accredited by WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) must be able to detect," the UCI said Friday, adding that analysis of a B sample "confirmed the first".


  • KArl - 2010-10-03 19:38

    very mature: this is a case of if you are nasty to me I won;t come out to play. The sport is bigger than any one rider. Sounds very much like the All Black rugby team of 1995 - blaming the food!

  • bikey - 2010-10-03 19:48

    for goodness sake, are any of these guys actually clean?

  • Ron - 2010-10-03 20:31

    I do not believe that any cyclist, however good he may be, is capable of completing...... let alone win the Tour de Farance without "chemical" assistance. The energy and physical requirements for competing in this race are beyond the capabilities of even the best trained athlete. To avoid the drug taking, the race should be shortened or broken up into managable segments with sufficient recovery time in between.

  • WTF - 2010-10-03 20:53

    I participate in a WADA-controlled sport and if you read the anti-doping code, it is simple: there is NO acceptable reason for having a banned substance in your body. The issue is not about culpability it's about presence. And having a banned substance in your body means you had an advantage over other competitors, so how the substance got into your body is irrelevant. That's what the code says. And you sign it every year and you get randomly drug-tested. You are responsible for what is in your body and you've signed a legal agreement to that effect. To re-iterate, doping in sport under WADA's rules boils down to that old piece of army wisdom: There Is No Excuse. He must be banned and good riddance to him.

  • Barry Parker - 2010-10-03 21:18

    @Ron, you could shorten the Tour to 100m and hold it every 4 years, but history shows, the guys will still dope... Food for Thought, it's not just the cyclists now is it?

  • fonuatanu - 2010-10-04 04:09

    ahhhhh....there is afterall sweet revenge!!! there has always been something amiss about this idiot. his arrogance smacked of over confindence and ****((*&&*#((*$*&&*(

  • spokes - 2010-10-04 06:34

    Pretty simple really - if Alberto claims it was the meat that was contaminated, just check his team mates results from the same date (if there are any). Presumably they all ate the same meal so therefore there must be more than one positive result with more than one rider. However, if there are none, then it is a cse of "Mr Contador, please explain..." But until then, give him the benefit of the doubt...

  • JR - 2010-10-04 07:45

    Yes he was so arrogant after winning the tour, claiming he was better than Lance ext. He thinks by quiting he is making a statement shame. I rememer this years stage that he whent after seeing Andy had a problem with his bike and then claiming that he did not see it. Dont need "claimed" winners like that.

  • Nic - 2010-10-04 08:25

    Sweet revenge for Andy Schlek... contador shouldnt have won anyway.. we boo'ed him in the tour this year... lets continue to boo him!

  • Vegan - 2010-10-04 08:48

    "contaminated meat" as the saying goes... You are what you eat...good riddance to a bad sportsman

  • Rick - 2010-10-04 09:52

    What amazes me is that Alberto is only now facing a doping scandal. Why was he never addressed and penalised like Basso and only lately Valverde with regards to "operacione Puerto?" He was linked to the "AC" phials found, and yet refused to assist investigators. Basso, was hunted down like a murderer...and Valverde eventually had to succumb to the truth. So why has Contador escaped the whole fiasco? Sadly cycling gets the bad name, but on the positive side at least we know they are able to find these drugs, however minute the evidence. I wish no bad on anyone, but it is oddly ironic how the wheel has come back around on Contador...and saying he will stop cycling is a sign that he thinks the world of cycling needs him! "Move on Pistorolo, theres plenty more talent, and even more pharmacists to take your place!"

  • Greg - 2010-10-04 16:22

    Cycling is a dirty, filthy sport and rotten to the core.

  • Cris - 2010-10-04 16:30

    He couldn't race in Germany two years ago, right after the tour in the world road race because of a ban there. Kick him out, make the tour u-25 and be done with it for a five year period. No more old men who need pharmacys for thier trestosterone, EPO for tired kidneys...etc....I raced in the worlds, got a top ten placing, did 80,000 units of EPO..........with chemo, it works! I've been in a UCI bus, rubber gloves (because you can scrape sodium based powder in urine cup-wipes out the epo protein trace, lotion on fingers is pissed on when the finger nails were caught) thats how you get 500 "clean tests"...wheres the hormone imbalance in lances urine tests prior to the cancer?????

  • PeterM - 2010-10-05 10:01

    Cycling as a sport must get "cleaned-up"! This year's TdF showed some clear changes - ALL riders were slower than in previous years. Many stages had a +-2km/h slower avgr speed than in the years gone by. . . Maybe WADA is starting to make a change.

  • Clive - 2010-10-05 14:52

    If this was Lance, every lady and her kitten would've screamed - "Ban the Bastard"!!! This guy is not the life of cycling, if he fails the tests, he must go and take his punishment, simple as that. The Danish guy who won the Tour did not even test positive, they just could not trace him over a specific period and he got canned, what's makes this guy any different. No exceptions.

  • Theo - 2010-10-06 08:21

    it's not only cycling. this happens in all sports. the only difference is that the governing bodies of other sports choose to not test the athletes all the time and when someone is bust, they sweep it under the rug

  • @WTF - 2010-10-11 17:15

    You miss the finer details. The quantity of clen found in his blood couldn't bring any performance enhancement, and that's the opinion of every scientist who's seen the test results. And you're responsible for what goes into your body, yes. But when you consume something as innocent as a steak, how can you check? Should you run chemical tests on every glass of water you drink? Every carrot stick you eat? It's not possible. The doping agencies need to use common sense in conjunction with their tests. Banning someone for having an miniscule amount of a substance in his blood, that couldn't have had any effect on performance, and got there by completely innocent means, is completely ridiculous. If it had enhanced performance, then sure, impose a penalty. But everyone knows there was no performance enhancement here.

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