Alberto Contador has just been handed a 2-year ban that has sent shockwaves through the world of cycling. The decision came from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, following the Spaniard’s positive test for clenbuterol, an anabolic steroid, during the Tour de France in 2010.
Alberto Contador has been stripped of his 2010 Tour de France and 2011 Giro d’Italia titles. He will not be allowed to participate in the next Tour de France or upcoming Olympic Games.
Since the suspension is retroactive, Alberto Contador will be able to return to the competition on August 5, 2012. Although the Spanish federation had cleared Contador’s name, the International Cycling Union appealed the decision before the CAS, which finally handed down the heaviest verdict possible.
A real jolt for the Spanish cyclist who never stopped claiming his innocence and who threatened to put an end to his career if found guilty.