Tour de France Champion Alberto Contador has called for anti-doping regulations to be revised following his positive test for a banned substance. The Spaniard, who has won cycling’s most prestigious event three times, is provisionally banned after clenbuterol was found in his urine sample.
“The system is in doubt and should be changed,” he told Reuters news agency.
“There has to be a limit set… so that quantities as tiny as those found in my body… do not count as a positive.”
Contador blames food contamination for the positive test and has totally rejected rumours of a possible blood transfusion during the tour.
“If they want to test every sample I’ve given in the tour, as many different laboratories as they want, or if they want to freeze it for three or five years until other future tests are scientifically validated and then check it, they can do it,” he said. “I have nothing to hide.”
Contador has claimed he is the victim of contaminated food after testing positive for a banned drug.
The muscle-building and fat-burning drug clenbuterol was detected in his system during this year’s tour.
Contador, 27, the greatest rider of his generation, said that contaminated meat brought in from Spain was responsible for his positive test on July 21. “It is a clear case of food contamination,” stated the Spaniard. Contador, who called himself a “victim”, has been provisionally suspended by cycling’s world governing body the UCI after his A and B samples tested positive.
A World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited lab in Cologne, Germany, found a “very small concentration” of clenbuterol in Contador’s urine sample on July 21 at the tour, according to the UCI.
However, the amount was 400 times less than the 50 picogram benchmark measurement that anti-doping laboratories accredited by WADA must be able to detect. Reports suggested that if the test failure is upheld, Contador could be stripped of his Tour de France title and also given a two-year ban from the sport as a first offender.
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