Alberto Contador Says He'll Appeal Any Suspension from his Positive Doping Test

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01/29/2011| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com
Alberto Contador (Team Saxo Bank-Sun Gard). Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Alberto Contador (Team Saxo Bank-Sun Gard). Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Alberto Contador Says He'll Appeal Any Suspension from his Positive Doping Test

Alberto Contador (Team Saxo Bank-SunGard) says he's a 'victim'.

"To be at the next Tour motivates me even more," said Contador, who also won Tour de France titles in 2007 and 2009.

Contador says he ate meat contaminated with clenbuterol on a rest day during the tour de france in July.

The case highlights a growing concern that clenbuterol can be consumed unwittingly by eating meat from animals who were fed the drug, which helps burn fat and build muscle. It is on WADA's zero-tolerance list.

Italian cyclist Alessandro Colo received a one-year ban from Italian authorities after testing positive for clenbuterol from meat consumed in Mexico last year. WADA is not appealing the case, and the UCI must decide by Monday whether it goes for a two-year ban.

"The rules have to change," Contador said. "I don't know when, but this can't happen to me and to any athlete in a similar situation to me."

Contador is one of only five cyclists to win the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.

"How can this affect my career any more?" he said. "My career has already been so affected by everything. The [Spanish] committee has to understand that the proposed resolution is not just."

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