Tour de France - Contador's lawyers refute WADA report
Alberto Contador's lawyers have refuted a World Anti-Doping Agency report obtained by a Spanish newspaper that concludes his failed drugs test could not have been due to contaminated meat.
Three-times Tour de France winner Contador, 27, says tainted beef, consumed on the 2010 Tour's second rest day, was responsible for the tiny traces of clenbuterol found in his urine sample. He has been provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union.
Spanish newspaper El Pais said WADA had found no trace of clenbuterol in the meat they tested and that, therefore, the banned anabolic agent found in Contador's samples could not come from the meat.
"After careful study of the document sent by the International Cycling Union, which contains the report of an agency hired to trace the origin of the meat, it is not possible to determine that the meat was not contaminated," Contador's lawyers said in a statement.
"According to scientific documents examined by Contador's lawyers, the current system of control of meat in the European Union is not reliable enough to detect suspected fraud where it exists.
"Alberto Contador reiterates he never committed an act of doping and the detection of clenbuterol in his urine... was due to the ingestion of contaminated meat."
The Spanish Cycling Federation is expected to make a decision within three months and Contador has been provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union. He faces a possible two-year ban and could lose his 2010 Tour title.
WADA would not comment on the El Pais report.
"The management of this case is ongoing under the jurisdiction of the cycling authorities. Following its policy, WADA does not comment on pending cases," said WADA spokesman Frederic Donze.