Contador ban is a farcical merry go round.
Did he eat tainted meat from over the border?
Contador claimed he did in his defence for having a minute trace of the banned substance Clenbuterol in his system.
Or did he dope himself?
Only Contador knows the answer but the decision making process is so long winded and laborious that cycling fans now couldn’t care less. You couldn’t make it up.
The final ruling yesterday by the Council for Arbitration in Sport is so ridiculous that Contador must feel vindicated even though he was found guilty. But guilty of what?
It is a completely unsatisfactory state of affairs.
First of all this case should never have reached the courts. The accusers provided no evidence and the defendant had traces of the drug so minute that in any other sport it wouldn’t have set the alarm bells ringing. Whether or not Contador is guilty – and he still may have grounds for appeal – the sport is being dragged through the mud.
Yesterday’s ruling means that Contador is now stripped of his 2010 Tour de France and Giro D’Italia victories and must pay back all the prize money he earned. Assuming he still has it of course and didn’t spend it all on more luxurious modes of transport.
Contador’s defence was a non-defence in the first place. He knew that by offering up a “contaminated meat” explanation that it would not protect him from being found guilty:
"The use of a contaminated food supplement is covered by Article 21 of the UCI's anti-doping regulations, which explicitly warns riders that they must 'refrain from using any substance foodstuff, food supplement or drink of which they do not know the composition ... the composition indicated on a product is not always complete."
But equally the prosecution case had no evidence to prove that Contador had doped himself and so they should never have brought the case to court in the first place.
Of course cycling has a long history of doping but the sport has made giant strides in the last twenty or so years to try and clean it up. This case just drags it through the mud and for what?
In the final ruling the CAS finds that the most likely reason for the Clenbuterol being present in Contador’s system is a contaminated food source. How ridiculous. What a complete waste of time and money.
So the record books have to be rewritten and Contador cannot race again until August this year missing the premier Tours, his two year ban is applied retrospectively.
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