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Andy Schleck not happy being named new 2010 Tour winner

posted 6 Feb 2012, 13:53 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 6 Feb 2012, 13:53 ]

Andy Schleck says he gets no satisfaction from taking the 2010 Tour de France title after Spain's Alberto Contador loses a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which said the Spaniard failed a dope test in the 2010 race.

Alberto Contador's Tour de France dreams were shattered on Monday (February 6) when he was stripped of one of his three titles and banned for two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for failing a dope test during the 2010 race.
Contador, Tour winner in 2007, 2009 and 2010, tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol.

Contador, who has 30 days to appeal to the Swiss federal court, is to hold a news conference on Tuesday (1830 GMT). The Spaniard's Tour title will be handed to Luxembourg's Andy Schleck, with Russian Denis Menchov finishing second and Spaniard Samuel Sanchez third.

Schleck said getting Contador's award gave him no satisfaction.

"Of course a victory, you like to win,I mean nice things of victory is the memories you have now if you see if the UCI (Interenational Cycling Union) and Tour de France decides I'm the winner of 2010,

"Of course I think of the victory but I want to be proud of me because if you win the Tour you need to do the loop in the Champs Elysee and that's the nicest thing about winning the Tour. So I hope can do that in 2012, said Andy Schleck at a news conference in the Spanish island of Mallorca where he is competeing in the Trofeo Palma.

"I lost because of a mechanical problem on my bike but then again it's a part of the game," he added.

Contador also faces losing his 2011 Giro d'Italia title as well as all his other victories last season and he will not be able to take part in either the 2012 Tour or the London Olympic Games.

The 29-year-old Contador had threatened to end his career if found guilty.

CAS said it did not believe Contador's argument that he had eaten contaminated meat during a Tour de France rest day.

Contador, who had awaited his fate at his home in Pinto with his family and lawyers, is now expected back to competition on August 6 and should be able to take part in the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) starting on August 18.