"Alberto Contador has received today a notification of one year ban proposal by the Competition Committee of the Spanish Federation," said the (Contador's) spokesperson.


Proposal ??? - apparently he has 10 days to appeal. Watch this space!



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...with some fava beans and a nice bottle of clenbuterol...
Very good SUS. Never one to miss out on an SCR (subtle cultural reference).

An Update !


"Contador may be cleared by Spanish body


Spain's cycling federation, the RFEC, may clear three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of using performance-enhancing drugs, Spanish newspapers said on Monday.

The RFEC, which last month recommended a one-year ban for Contador, has been convinced by arguments put forward by the Spaniard himself and may decide to clear him, the dailies El Pais and El Mundo said on their websites.

"The disciplinary committee of the RFEC has summoned Alberto Contador to appear on Tuesday to inform him of its final decision," El Pais said.

According to "sources close to the committee, which met last week, its members are leaning toward clearing him," it said.

El Mundo said the cyclist would be summoned on Wednesday to hear the decision."

Read more in the link.


This stinks.


"On Thursday, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero got behind Contador, saying: "There is no legal reason to sanction Contador.""


If he's guilty, he's guilty, regardless of HOW the clen got in his system.

Agree, it stinks and is a great example of why the process should NOT be in the hands of the cyclist's local federation. They are too subject to domestic political and media pressure.



Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has been cleared to race after winning his appeal against a provisional one-year doping ban.

Is that the sound of pro cycling's credibility disappearing up its own arse?

It is a farce:


"According to a number of Spanish newspapers, the competitions committee decided to rethink its verdict on Friday last week based on article 296 of the UCI’s regulations, which says that an athlete can be exonerated if they prove that they had inadvertently ingested a banned product through no fault or negligence on their part.


Although Contador and his legal team were unable to produce a sample of the meat that they have claimed was tainted with the clenbuterol that resulted in the positive test, the fact that it could not be shown conclusively that Contador had deliberately taken the product worked in his favour."




There is strict liability for illegal substances found in an athletes body, and only if they can prove that the substance was ingested "inadvertently... through no fault or negligence". How has Contador proved this? He has said he ate some meat with traces of clenbuterol. Where is the evidence for this? There is none. The law here is clear - the burden of proof is on Contador to demonstrate that his story is true.


So, despite not proving his claims, and after already deciding against him, the Spanish authorities have changed their minds. This is disgraceful. If the UCI does not appeal this you can't possibly have any faith in the organisation.


Hilarious that the UCI are threatening to sue Floyd Landis for doing damage to their "honour" with his accusations of corruption (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/uci-threatens-landis-with-legal-action) - here is Floyd's reaction to that:


"Hello Mr Ditesheim'

I haven't heard from you in a few days and thought I'd drop you a note with a few things to ponder. I'd like you to please try to reconcile this (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/carpani-says-uci-pleased-with-spani...) with your threat of litigation in light of todays exoneration of Alberto Contador. I look forward to your explanation.

Thank You
Floyd Landis"

Presumably Alberto will be adopting a vegetarian diet before all races this year - just to be on the safe side.


That's a worry, it may improve his performance:




After he consults with all steakholders.

Contador... who? I hear you say.

Yes him-whose-fate-would-not-be-known-till-about-Jan 2012-maybe


The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will meet on November 21-24 to decide whether the three-time Tour de France champion should be banned after testing positive for minute traces of clenbuterol at the 2010 edition of the race.


CAS, based in Lausanne, Switzerland postponed a scheduled June hearing on the Contador case to November, and said on Monday it could take six weeks before his fate is known.



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