Alberto Contador Positive
September 30, 2010 1:54 AM Subscribe
posted by Chuckles (36 comments total)
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Three time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has tested positive
. I know what you're thinking...
Surprise surprise!! Well, this one isn't so straight forward. The amount, 50 pico grams per millilitre
, is exceedingly small. And the substance, not particularly performance enhancing for a cyclist during a grand tour, is a commonly found contaminant in meat products. Several athletes
have tested positive
resulting in mixed sanctions. Had the drug been in another category under WADA rules, the tiny amount detected would not have been considered a positive
The current theories are 1) Food contamination
during the Tour or 2) Transfused contaminated blood
. Such contamination being due to taking the drug for weight loss, or just as easily due to eating contaminated food. Either way, if his blood got contaminated, and was then stored, the accident could happen.
In any case cycling has once again delivered the ambiguity which makes it a favourite sport for the cynical.