Tour de France Winner Fails Drug Test

Spain's Alberto Contador may lose title
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2010 1:06 AM CDT
Updated Sep 30, 2010 6:35 AM CDT
Tour de France Winner Fails Drug Test
Alberto Contador reacts after winning the Criterium International de Castillon cycling classic in France last month.    (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has tested positive for a banned substance and may be stripped of his title. The cyclist tested positive for "a tiny amount" of the banned drug clenbuterol on the final day of the race, according to his spokesman, who blames the result on food contamination. The Spaniard, a three-time Tour de France winner, could face a two-year suspension from cycling, AP reports.

"The experts consulted so far have agreed also that this is a food-contamination case, especially considering the number of tests passed by Alberto Contador," the spokesman said. The International Cycling Union has provisionally suspended Contador, and plans an investigation, the New York Times reports. The cyclist, who has never failed a drug test before, is scheduled to hold a press conference today in his hometown in Spain.
(Read more Alberto Contador stories.)

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