Alberto Contador Suspended for Clenbuterol Doping
Tour de France Champion Alberto Contador Suspended for One Year
2010 Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has been handed a one-year suspension by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) for doping, after he tested positive for clenbuterol. Contador has ten days in which to lodge an appeal of the RFEC's decision.
Should Alberto Contador's appeal be unsuccessful, he will be stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title, which will then go to second-place finisher Andy Schleck.
Marca said the Spanish Cycling Federation will propose a sanction of one year rather than two because "no one has been able to show how the substance entered" his body, together with the minute quantity of clenbuterol detected.
As well as Contador, the International Cycling Union (UCI) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) both have the option to take the case the Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) if they do not feel that the penalty is sufficient.