Alberto Contador failed two drug tests, and has blamed tainted meat for his positive test results. Contador just won the Tour de France for the third time in four years, but a World Anti-Doping Agency lab just found that he tested positive for a banned substance.
According to ESPN, Contador claims that the beef he ate on July 20 and again on July 21 was the reason he tested positive for a banned substance, and that he will be cleared of any wrongdoing. This excuse suddenly makes Brian Cushing’s claim that he tested positive for overtraining look even more plausible.
This is one of those things that seems so far-fetched that it is hard to think that Contador could have just made it up. We are of course becoming quite jaded by the sport of cycling, though, especially with all of the scandals that have surrounded it in recent years.
The UCI (the governing body of cycling) has had a lot to deal with when it comes to bad press, and this is just the latest revelation that continues to taint the image of the sport. Now all cycling fans are supposed to believe that Contador failed the tests (both an A and B sample) because he ate meat that wasn’t prepared correctly.
There are a few questionable items from the ongoing case he has with the UCI, and one of them includes how long it took Contador to talk to the press about this. He found out about his positive tests on Aug. 24, and met with UCI doctors on the 26th. That was more than a month ago, and he is just now telling the public that it was because of meat that he tested positive for a banned substance.
The second questionable item is what Contador told the press. The UCI has stated that Contador alleges, “The UCI itself told me to my face that it was a case of food contamination.” Really? They said that? Then why haven’t they told anyone else?
To put a term to what Contador is accused of having in his system, the substance is called Clenbuterol. This is something given to cows and pigs to increase their growth, and could presumably do the same thing for the human body. It is a banned substance in cycling, and meeting a certain threshold in the body yields a positive test result. Contador and his team will have a pretty hefty burden in trying to prove that this is something that can naturally be produced in the body, and his career could be in the balance with these findings. Right now he is under suspension, and has to prove something to get back on the course.