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February 6, 2012

‘This is a sad day for our sport’

Filed under: cycling,racing,Uncategorized — Tags: — Roger @ 1:37 pm

Alberto Contador today became the latest — and arguably the most prominent — cyclist to be taken down by a doping scandal.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport stripped the Spaniard of his 2010 Tour de France title, loss of all his results in 2011 and 2012  – including the 2011 Giro d’Italia — and gave his a two-year racing ban, which is retroactive to January 2011 and is expected to end Aug. 5, which will allow him to race in this year’s Vuelta a Espana.

“This is a sad day for our sport,” UCI President Pat McQuaid said in a statement.

Indeed, it is. On Friday, federal prosecutors ended their probe of seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, although he remains under investigation by a U.S. anti-doping agency.

During the 2010 Tour de France, Contador tested positive for clenbuterol. He contended the substance was a result of contaminated meet. The court rejected that ruling.

Now that the Tour de France title has been stripped from Contador, it will go to Andy Schleck. The only other cyclist to have had his Tour title stripped was 2006 winner Floyd Landis, who was found to have had excessive amounts of testosterone in his blood stream.

Contador and Landis were one-time teammates of Armstrong. I’m sure that will be noted by Armstrong’s critics.

I still want to believe Armstrong is innocent, especially because of all the good he has done for cancer patients through his Livestrong foundation. But it’s hard to ignore the smoking guns around him.

 

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