Cyclist Alberto Contador banned for two years for doping by Court of Arbitration for Sport, stripped of 2010 Tour De France title
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (FEBRUARY 6, 2012)(REUTERS) -Spain's Alberto Contador was given a two-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for failing a dope test during the 2010 Tour de France on Monday (February 6).
Contador, a Tour winner in 2007, 2009 and 2010, tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol and is now set to be stripped of his last title which will be handed to Luxembourg's Andy Schleck, with Briton Bradley Wiggins climbing on to the podium in third place and Russian Denis Menchov finishing second.
"The CAS has found that Alberto Contador was guilty of a doping offence and the sanction is that Alberto Contador shall be suspended for two years with retroactive effect from 25 January, 2012. With the suspension that was already served in 2010, Alberto Contador should be able to compete again on 6 August 2012," said General Secretary Matthieu Reeb on Monday (February 6).
"It means that all results achieved by Contador from that date will be disqualified including the Giro d'Italia 2011. Furthermore as he was tested positive during the Tour de France 2010 he will be also disqualified from that particular event."
Contador, who was awaiting his fate in his home in Pinto with his family and lawyers, is also set to lose his 2011 Giro d'Italia title, and the 29-year-old will also miss this year's Tour de France and the London Olympic Games.
Spain's Oscar Pereiro was the last rider to be awarded a Tour victory after the race winner lost his title for failing a dope test, in 2006 when American Floyd Landis was stripped of his title following a positive test for testosterone.
Contador, one of only five men with titles in all three grands Tours, is widely regarded as the greatest cyclist of his generation.
His climbing abilities have made him almost invincible in the three-week stage races, although he finished only fifth in last year's Tour following a troubled preparation and because of a sore knee.