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MADRID (AP)—Tour de France champion Alberto Contador believes “irreparable” damage has been done to his reputation despite being cleared of doping by the Spanish cycling federation, which ruled Tuesday that he was not at fault for a positive test that he attributed to contaminated meat.

The Spanish cyclist tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol while winning last year’s Tour, but the federation’s disciplinary committee accepted Contador’s defense he unintentionally ate contaminated beef.

“The truth is today is a good day,” Contador said in an interview on Veo7 television broadcast late Tuesday. “It’s been an incredible number of weeks and months that I wouldn’t wish on absolutely anybody—you’d have to have lived these past months to know how it feels.

“The truth is the damage done to your image is irreparable, with all the stupidities that are said about you.”

Contador’s joy was restrained during the interview, knowing the International Cycling Union or World Anti-Doping Agency can still appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Both bodies said they would wait to receive the full dossier before deciding on an appeals process. The UCI has 30 days to appeal while WADA has another 21 days after that to take the case to CAS.

Contador, who believes the decision will “probably” be appealed, stopped short of confirming he will try for a fourth Tour de France title this year due to the possible appeals process.

But he confirmed he will go for a second Giro d’Italia title.

“For the moment I’m planning the season up until the Giro and then after the Giro I’ll see what the next objectives are, depending with what happens in the coming months,” said Contador, who won the 2008 edition of the Italian classic.

Any appeals process is expected to drag on until at least June. The Tour de France begins July 2.

Contador preferred to risk a two-year suspension than accept the original one-year ban proposed by the disciplinary committee in his doping case last month.

Contador registered a minute trace of clenbuterol, which is listed as a zero-tolerance drug by WADA, from a test taken on a rest day at last year’s Tour. He said the banned substance must have been contained in meat he’d eaten.

“When you haven’t done anything wrong and your conscience is super relaxed the only thing left is for them to recognize that you haven’t done anything. You have to fight,” Contador said in the pre-taped interview.

Contador, who is cleared to race pending any appeal rulings from CAS, was already traveling to Portugal on Tuesday night to race for new team Saxo Bank-Sunguard in the Tour of the Algarve from Wednesday.

“We’ve been training but I’m not in the same shape as other years,” Contador said.

After learning of the proposed one-year suspension nearly three weeks ago, Contador vowed to fight any ban, describing himself as a victim of antiquated, flawed anti-doping regulations. Contador believed the decision offered WADA a good chance to re-examine those anti-doping regulations.

“The fault is with the institutions that haven’t served their purpose and who haven’t been able to review a case like this,” the 28-year-old Spaniard said. “It’s been six months of sleepless nights, pulling your hair out—there are times when I cried.”

Contador said his defense team was preparing for any further appeals after he successfully presented further evidence based along UCI and WADA anti-doping rules that allow the “elimination” of a sanction if the athlete can demonstrate “no fault or negligence” on their part.

Disciplinary committee president Fernando Uruburu said the new evidence brought forward by Contador’s defense team made the difference.

“We evaluated all of the information, including previous CAS decisions and judgments made by other national federations as much as the allegations brought forward by the cyclist himself,” Uruburu said.

The disciplinary committee came under pressure from higher authorities over the case, including Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero who said on the government’s Twitter feed last week: “there’s no legal reason to justify sanctioning Contador.”

Contador put the burst of support down to “justice, not patriotism.” He also credited an interview on the same TV channel last week as helping to turn the tide in his favor.

The committee strongly rejected “the many statements made by various arms of public life within this country” over the Contador case, calling “the views of certain media outlets and politicians is simply unacceptable and false.”

Saxo Bank-Sunguard owner Bjarne Riis called the decision “absolutely vital.”

“This decision is indeed proof that the relevant authorities do not find grounds for believing that Alberto Contador has committed any intentional doping offense,” Riis said. “We take note of this decision and fully respect it, but we’re also sensitive to the fact, that the parties of this case still have the right to appeal this decision.”

Contador avoided becoming only the second cyclist to lose his Tour title after Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour victory after a positive test.

His case highlights a growing concern that clenbuterol can be consumed unwittingly by eating meat from animals who were fed the drug, which helps burn fat and build muscle.

In a separate case, WADA opted not to appeal to CAS after the German table tennis federation decided not to ban Dimitrij Ovtcharov, who tested positive for a minute trace of clenbuterol from meat eaten in China.

A study released Tuesday by the doping laboratory which discovered clenbuterol in Contador’s sample showed that humans can inadvertently ingest the drug from eating meat.

Contador—one of only five cyclists to win the Tour, Giro and Spanish Vuelta—also won Tour titles in 2007 and 2009. He was unable to defend his first title in 2008 after his Astana team was banned for doping.

“One thing is clear—I am not going to ingest any more meat,” Contador said, culminating the interview.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2011, 10:01 AM
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Re: No really - it was just some bad meat.

It is good for cycling to have its best rider at Tour de France, seeing as the most famous rider Pharmstrong is now retired again. Spain's sudden and remarkable rise to sports prominence can continue.
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I feel sorry for Hingis if scums like Contador get off scot free.
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MADRID – Alberto Contador's lawyers are using tennis player Richard Gasquet's successful appeal against cocaine use as part of their own defense for a failed Tour de France doping test.
Contador's lawyer, Andy Ramos, told The Associated Press on Tuesday a decision in cycling's biggest case could come "any day" as the Spanish cycling federation's disciplinary committee determines whether Contador deserves a two-year ban after testing positive for clenbuterol.
The three-time Tour champion says he ingested the muscle-building, weight-loss drug inadvertently through contaminated meat.
Contador's lawyers are using several cases relating to other athletes to highlight that Contador did not voluntarily take the drug. Contador will also lose his Tour title if he is found guilty.
Gasquet avoided a lengthy ban last year after the French player proved he inadvertently ingested cocaine after kissing a woman at a nightclub.
"Not one of the scientists we have worked with has said it couldn't have been anything but contamination," Ramos said in a telephone interview. "The levels are ridiculous — it couldn't be anything else."
Contador's lawyers are also using the case of Dimitrij Ovtcharov, who was cleared of doping by the German table tennis federation in October. The Ukrainian-born Ovtcharov successfully argued that tainted meat consumed in China was the reason for his positive test for clenbuterol.
Ovtcharov turned up an "extremely low" concentration of 75 picograms per milliliter in his sample compared to 50 picograms for Contador. A picogram is one trillionth of a gram.
Clenbuterol is considered a zero-tolerance drug by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which has reserved the right to appeal Ovtcharov's case to the Court for Arbitration for Sport.
The World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Tennis Federation attempt to ban Gasquet for two years was overturned after the Court for Arbitration for Sport accepted his claim that he inadvertently consumed cocaine by kissing the woman in a Miami club hours after withdrawing injured from a tournament last year.
Gasquet did not deny cocaine was in his system but proved it was not intentionally taken while showing no negligence on his own part. He served a 2 1/2-month suspension.
Contador is in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, training with his Saxo Bank team, which is preparing for the 2011 season. Contador also won the Tour in 2007 and 2009.
While traces of clenbuterol have shown up in meat in China, it is rare in Europe. Out of 19,431 samples tested in 2008 and 2009, not one was positive for the drug, according to the European Commission's directorate for health and consumer policy.

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