Thursday, September 30, 2010

Contador Blames Test Result on Bad Meat

On Wednesday, the International Union of Cyclists announced that Alberto Contador's urine was tainted by Clenbuterol, a banned substance.

He was provisionally suspended pending an ongoing investigation even though both A and B samples were found positive.

Pic: Contador riding into Paris this year's TDF--the winner 

And today Thursday, Contador announced in a press conference in his hometown near Madrid that the cause was bad meat imported from Spain.

"It is a clear case of food contamination," Contador said. "I am sad and disappointed but hold my head high."

The meat was brought over from Spain to France and was eaten by Contador on July 20 and 21. Clenbuterol is sometimes given to cows, pigs and other animals to increase their growth rate.

"I think this is going to be resolved in a clear way," he added. "With the truth behind you, you can speak loud and clear, and I am confident justice will prevail."

The Spanish thee time Tour de France winner and one time Giro d'Italia champion said the beef was brought at the request of the team's cook by a Spanish cycling organizer, Jose Luis Lopez Cerron, reported Yahoo News.

Cerron said earlier Thursday on Spanish radio that he was a friend of the team chef, who had complained of poor quality meat at the hotel where the team was staying.

Lopez Cerron said he bought filet mignon for the team in the Spanish border town of Irun on his way to Pau, France, to watch a few stages of the tour.

Contador called the UCI's suspension of him "a true mistake."

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