Alberto Contador was stripped of the 2010 Tour de France title and handed a two-year competition ban for his positive test for the banned performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol, the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in a 98-page brief released Monday.
Contador, who also won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, becomes only the second champion to lose his title because of a doping violation. The other was American Floyd Landis, who tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone during the 2006 Tour.
A three-judge panel partially overturned an earlier exoneration of Contador by the Spanish cycling federation that was challenged by the World Anti-Doping Agency and international cycling union (UCI). The panel concluded that Contador most likely ingested a dietary supplement contaminated with clenbuterol and was therefore fully responsible for the positive test.
The panel largely rejected Contador’s contention that he ingested meat contaminated with clenbuterol. But it also rejected WADA’s and UCI’s claim that Contador most likely received contaminated blood during a blood doping transfusion.