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Tour de France winner Alberto Contador tests positive to steroids

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by clontaago, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    September 30, 2010 Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has tested positive to the steroid clenbuterol, a banned substance.

    Contador, who won his third yellow jersey at the end of July's three-week epic, announced the news through his personal press officer but blamed the positive test on food contamination.

    "Alberto Contador is affected by a doping control at the last Tour de France on July 21, where the substance clenbuterol was found," the message read.

    The UCI confirmed in a statement that only a "very small concentration" of the drug had been found and that the case warranted "further scientific investigation" because the Cologne laboratory which detected the substance is known to be able to detect the tiniest traces of drugs.

    "The concentration found by the laboratory was estimated at 50 picograms which is 400 times less than what the antidoping laboratories accredited by WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) must be able to detect," the statement read.

    There are a trillion picograms in a gram.

    "In view of this very small concentration and in consultation with WADA, the UCI immediately had the proper results management proceedings conducted, including the analysis of B sample that confirmed the first result."

    "The rider, who had already put an end to his cycling season before the result was known, was nevertheless formally and provisionally suspended as is prescribed by the World Anti-Doping Code.

    "This case required further scientific investigation before any conclusion could be drawn."

    Contador is the second cyclist this season to blame a positive test for clenbuterol on food contamination.

    China's Li Fuyu, who rode for the RadioShack team of seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, tested positive for the banned substance earlier this season and blamed food contamination.

    Used to treat breathing disorders such as asthma, clenbuterol is an organic compound that has short-term effects similar to the stimulant ephedrine, as it increases heart rate, temperature, perspiration and blood pressure.

    It has also been used as a "fat burning" weight loss drug, although scientific studies have not conclusively proven the drug's qualities in this domain.
     
  2. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    No surprise and yet it is. That is one seriously ****ed up sport (apols Mata and othere two-wheelers).
     
  3. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Contador is a grub anyway.  Now he's cheated twice to win this years Le Tour (after running away on a chainless Schleck).  No surprise, his Vo2max scores on some of his uphill runs were impossible without medical help.
     
  4. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    is it the same stuff that Armstrong was accused of taking?
     
  5. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Got to say as a fan i am gutted

    Yes he was a grub

    Yes you thought he might be on something...but i just hoped he was clean
     
  6. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    We'd be gutted to find performance enhancing drug use rife in the NRL.
     
  7. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    You know i would be surprised if it was not rife in most sports

    The issue is the drugs are way ahead of testers
     
  8. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    True, which was the subject of my asklowie question although it was so heavily edited that no-one knew what it was about.  When the Danny Wicks case rolls around I wonder if Gallop will be holding his breath.
     
  9. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    I dont think Peformance Enhancing drugs would be rife in NRL. For the most part they are use to heal more quickly from injuries.

    Recreational drug use however is a different thing altogether.
     
  10. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    You think? Time will tell..
     

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