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Tour (de France) champ Contador reportedly fails drug test
NBC Sports ^ | 9/29/2010 | NBC Sports

Posted on 09/29/2010 6:38:08 PM PDT by mainsail that

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance, according to multiple reports.

The three-time champion reportedly tested positive on July 21, just days before he won the 2010 title. He has blamed contaminated food.

If true, he would be the second rider to win the race and later be found to have failed a drug test. Floyd Landis did so in 2006.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: albertocontador; bicycling; lancearmstrong; tourdefrance
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No point in even holding a tour anymore, IMO.
1 posted on 09/29/2010 6:38:10 PM PDT by mainsail that
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To: mainsail that

These guys are riding bicycles... Who cares?


2 posted on 09/29/2010 6:40:03 PM PDT by wireman
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To: mainsail that

Man I hate it when my food gets contaminated with clenbuterol. Makes everything so bitter. For some reason I eat it faster, though.


3 posted on 09/29/2010 6:40:25 PM PDT by rockvillem
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To: rockvillem

“Man I hate it when my food gets contaminated with clenbuterol. Makes everything so bitter. For some reason I eat it faster, though.”

I think we have a winner. Funniest post I’ve seen today.


4 posted on 09/29/2010 6:44:56 PM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: mainsail that

Is there any reason they do not test racers days, weeks, months before the event? Maybe they should have doper and clean title.


5 posted on 09/29/2010 6:46:46 PM PDT by OCC
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To: mainsail that

How about that!


6 posted on 09/29/2010 6:47:57 PM PDT by behzinlea
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To: mainsail that

OH MY GOD!


7 posted on 09/29/2010 6:49:00 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: OCC

Much of the doping is done to improve recovery between the stages. They need to do it during the days of the race.


8 posted on 09/29/2010 6:50:22 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: wireman
These guys are riding bicycles..

Sure? I didn't that!

9 posted on 09/29/2010 6:50:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Ready4Freddy

You won’t believe this.


10 posted on 09/29/2010 6:50:44 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: MediaMole; OCC

They use masking agents to cover it up.


11 posted on 09/29/2010 6:51:28 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: mainsail that
No point in even holding a tour anymore, IMO.

Nuts! This is the greatest competition in history.
12 posted on 09/29/2010 6:52:25 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Vision
They use masking agents to cover it up.


13 posted on 09/29/2010 6:53:44 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: mainsail that

There is not many if any cheating free sports.


14 posted on 09/29/2010 6:54:26 PM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: mainsail that
No point in even holding a tour anymore, IMO.

How about open sponsorship by the drug companies?

GO TEAM CLENBUTEROL!

15 posted on 09/29/2010 6:59:21 PM PDT by TChad
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To: rockvillem
Man I hate it when my food gets contaminated with clenbuterol. Makes everything so bitter.


16 posted on 09/29/2010 6:59:26 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: Navy Patriot

Fantastic.


17 posted on 09/29/2010 7:01:59 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: mainsail that

So, this is the new rule? Run the race, and THEN announce the drug test results?


18 posted on 09/29/2010 7:06:20 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am Derek Fenton! (me) Enjoying freedom ourselves requires tolerating it for others. (Jedidah))
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To: Revolting cat!

???


19 posted on 09/29/2010 7:13:31 PM PDT by wireman
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To: wireman; All
These guys are riding bicycles... Who cares?

This guy.

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Yeah, this is the second year of threads with guys in spandex riding bicycles posted in "News/Activism" which is not political news, nor activism.

20 posted on 09/29/2010 7:41:17 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: wireman
These guys are riding bicycles... Who cares?

I don't know. Just a guess: people that enjoy the sport maybe?

21 posted on 09/29/2010 8:00:14 PM PDT by Minn
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To: Cobra64

Every day we have a dozen pieces of financial “news” from money newsletters posted as news/activism, none of which are “political news”. And have you noticed the half-dozen dog stories every day, the innumerable teacher sex stories, and the like, none of which are “political news”?

I think we can afford a thread for racing, if we can have a thread every week for professional footbal, and for college football. Neither of which are “political news”.


22 posted on 09/29/2010 8:11:14 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
I think we can afford a thread for racing, if we can have a thread every week for professional footbal, and for college football. Neither of which are “political news”.

Sounds like my kids when they were young, "Daddy everyone is doing it."

Sports threads belong in Sports Illustrated, not in a political forum.

23 posted on 09/29/2010 8:36:10 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Vision

Thanks, Vision. I had just seen the report and came here to see if it had been posted.


24 posted on 09/29/2010 9:08:05 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: Vision; leilani; luv2ski; Mom MD; Baynative; Mr. Blonde; Wyatt's Torch; commish; green iguana

Musta been some bad paella.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/30/sports/cycling/30cycling.html?src=me


25 posted on 09/29/2010 9:16:03 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: Cobra64

Grumble grumble


26 posted on 09/29/2010 9:16:53 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: MediaMole

They do test during the Tour. That’s when Contador’s violation showed up.


27 posted on 09/29/2010 9:39:55 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: OCC

They do. Lance Armstrong would often tweet about drug control showing up randomly in the months leading up to the tour.


28 posted on 09/30/2010 3:17:05 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Ready4Freddy

HA reminds me of the old Pinky and the Brain skit:

Brain : Pinky are you pondering what I’m pondering

Pinky: Duh, I think so Brain, but how do we get the Spice Girls into the Paella.


29 posted on 09/30/2010 5:25:30 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: rockvillem
Man I hate it when my food gets contaminated with clenbuterol. Makes everything so bitter. For some reason I eat it faster, though.

LMFAO!!!

Too bad the French press never contaminated Lance's food so they could finally have their story they have been after for the last decade...

30 posted on 09/30/2010 5:42:40 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Mr. Blonde
They do. Lance Armstrong would often tweet about drug control showing up randomly in the months leading up to the tour.

Yep. Lance has told many tales of doping agents interrupting family dinners, stalking him on vacation, walking in on him in the shower and he STILL hasn't ever tested positive.

31 posted on 09/30/2010 5:45:17 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Ready4Freddy
Hmmm. Very strange. As everybody's already pointed out, these guys are not only tested throughout the tour, they're tested throughout the year. And he tests positive during a recovery day, but "his urine sample had a “very small concentration” of the banned drug."? HUH???

I'm no fan of Contador's but I think I'm gonna need “further scientific investigation before any conclusion [can] be drawn,”too.

From R4R's NYT link: "Traces of clenbuterol have been found in nutritional supplements...The swimmer Jessica Hardy missed the 2008 Olympics after testing positive for the drug; she said she had taken a contaminated supplement. An arbitration panel later ruled that her claim was true and reduced her two-year ban to one year."

And here is a another story backing the notion that he ingested contaminated meat:

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador's claim that bad meat is to blame for his positive doping test is entirely plausible since clenbuterol is commonly given to animals destined for human consumption, experts say. The drug is often used to speed up growth in animals, including chickens, cows and pigs. Clenbuterol is usually stored in the liver or muscle tissue.

I mean, if you're gonna cheat, are ya gonna do it with trace elements of a banned substance that wouldn't do you any good in those quantities?

They had absolutely no business even provisionally suspending him &/or releasing this story unless they had the goods on this guy, even if he is a cabron. Cycling officials are way too cavalier about gratuitously harming their athletes' reputations without foundation.

32 posted on 09/30/2010 9:53:28 AM PDT by leilani
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Hi leilani!

I thought I’d read that clenbuterol had been banned as a supplement for meat animals in the US and Europe. And something about episodes in Europe & China where numerous people took very ill.

And these’s this - http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/background/clenbute.htm

At least in Contador’s case they waited until well after the ‘B’ was tested to announce the results.


33 posted on 09/30/2010 10:30:53 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: wireman

“These guys are riding bicycles... Who cares?”

I believe I’ve heard that cycling is the most strenuous of all sports. Professional and serious cyclists are in better shape than other athletes, and cycling requires more stamina than football players, etc. Just what I’ve heard.


34 posted on 09/30/2010 10:44:11 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam (Every time a liberal whines, an angel gets his wings.)
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To: Ready4Freddy
Evidently Alberto C held a press conference today. Here's his version:

"The organiser of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon came to the Tour and our cook asked if he could bring some good meat.

"This person bought this meat in a shop (in Spain) on the way to France. I don't know where the shop gets their meat supply from.

"He arrived that day and on the afternoon of the 20th (July), a day before our rest day, the meat was cooked."

Contador said he was not the only rider to eat the meat, but that he was the only one of those who had who was tested on July 21.

"(Alexander Vinokourov) went to the (doping) control with me, but he hadn't eaten the meat," said Contador, who will ride for Team Saxo Bank next season after deciding to leave Astana.

"Of all the other riders, none went through the control.

"I told all of this to UCI.

"The UCI understands perfectly what has happened. This is a different case because it's a clear case of contamination, incomparable to any other clenbuterol case.

"It's such a minimal amount that it is only possible to come from a food contamination. And in terms of performance it would not be any use at all - any expert can confirm this."

Where did you get the info that it was banned for livestock in the EU, R4F? Not doubting, I just want to confirm.

35 posted on 09/30/2010 10:45:22 AM PDT by leilani
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To: leilani

I saw a reference that it was legal in Europe only for equine asthma, leilani. Will post it when I find it again.


36 posted on 09/30/2010 11:05:40 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: leilani
R4F, per this 2009 pdf from an EU organization (MONIQUA Monitoring & Quality Assurance in the Food Supply Chain), it's banned in pigs but not cows & horses.
37 posted on 09/30/2010 11:05:55 AM PDT by leilani
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To: Ready4Freddy

oops, meant to ping you for the above post.


38 posted on 09/30/2010 11:07:00 AM PDT by leilani
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To: leilani

OK, thanks, leilani.

Spaniard brings them the ‘good meat’. Okaaaayyyyy...


39 posted on 09/30/2010 11:14:39 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: Ready4Freddy
Not sure about the 2009 pdf. Still looking and there's a lot of conflicting info about whether or not it's legal in the EU for non-pig livestock. (Pork definitely, though.)
40 posted on 09/30/2010 11:21:33 AM PDT by leilani
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To: Ready4Freddy

This is funny. I was googling about clenbuterol being banned for livestock and your post at #33 came up. You are now an internet expert on drug additives allowable under EU regs,just thought you’d like to know. Congrats!


41 posted on 09/30/2010 11:24:40 AM PDT by leilani
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To: leilani

PS) I don’t know why google thinks your qualifications for expertise in the matter are superior to mine. Harumph! ;-)


42 posted on 09/30/2010 11:26:21 AM PDT by leilani
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To: leilani
I am unworthy! lol

In other news, apparently neither Landis nor Lemond showed up at Contador’s presser today, so that was a good sign.

43 posted on 09/30/2010 11:35:58 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: leilani

It’s all about the timing.

Give it 5 mins and yours is liable to show up as well.


44 posted on 09/30/2010 11:37:25 AM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: All
In re the issue of the incredibly minute quantities found, Velonation has a pretty balanced article posted with a possible explanation NOT in Alberto's favor:

Rasmus Damsgaard, the founder of the anti-doping system used by a number of teams, including Contador’s Astana team until last year, is one that does not believe in the Spanish rider’s innocence.

“If the data is correct then it’s most likely that it is a ‘Landis’,” Damsgaard told Danish TV station TV2 via SMS. “It would suggest that he has received a transfusion of his own blood, taken out a few months earlier when he used clenbuterol, which he has gotten back into his body.”

They also quote Andy Schleck's twitter page:

“What a crazy day in cycling with the news about Contador,” he said via his Twitter page, “ I only heard about it in the press I hope he is innocent and I think he deserves the right to defend himself now.”

Classy boy & such a sweetiepie.

45 posted on 09/30/2010 12:49:25 PM PDT by leilani
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To: leilani

Good find, leilani. A buddy of mine surmised this AM that it might be transfusion-related.


46 posted on 09/30/2010 1:11:50 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy (Am working on plans for a Knights Templar Community Center next to the Kaaba in Mecca.)
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To: Cobra64
Sports threads belong in Sports Illustrated, not in a political forum.

What's it really matter? Most folks here, like me, have my FR settings to list all postings.........nobody forced you to click on the thread anyway.

Get over it, I'm sure you've got more important things to gripe about......

47 posted on 09/30/2010 1:23:35 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Yeah, that's what cracks me up when people come on forum threads (not just here at FR) & say "Nobody here is interested in threads about "x", they shouldn't be posted." But the topic certainly piqued their interest enough to take the trouble to click it on & even post a response letting everyone else know about their thoughts on the topic, no?

Besides which anybody who says cycling has nothing to do with politics doesn't know cycling very well - or politics for that matter! ;-)

48 posted on 09/30/2010 1:39:44 PM PDT by leilani
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To: Ready4Freddy
Here's another good find, also very balanced, over at sportsscientists.com:

Ross Tucker & Jonathan Dugas: Alberto Contador tests positive for clenbuterol - thoughts and conjecture

49 posted on 09/30/2010 1:44:14 PM PDT by leilani
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To: TChad

They have the Amgen Tour of California... :-)


50 posted on 09/30/2010 1:48:03 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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