Contador again pleads his innocence over doping

2010-11-26 07:10

Madrid – Alberto Contador has reiterated his innocence over his failed doping test at the Tour de France.

The 27-year-old Spanish cyclist is facing a two-year ban and risks losing his third Tour title after testing positive for the banned drug clenbuterol. He claims contaminated meat was to blame.

“I don’t doubt (my innocence) for one second because I did not do anything irregular at any time,” Contador said in an interview broadcast yesterday by national broadcaster TVE.

He looked to be fighting back tears when asked if he would follow up his threat to quit the sport if punished.

“It’s early to say that but,” said Contador, stopping to reflect on his words, “I can’t say for sure that I’ll continue.”

Contador has remained out of the spotlight since announcing in September that he had failed a July 21 drug test. He is accused of using the muscle-building and weight-loss drug from a test taken one day before a crucial mountain stage.

He is hoping a decision on his case by the Spanish cycling federation’s disciplinary committee will be reached before the end of the year.

Contador also won the Tour in 2007 and ’09 for Astana. He has signed a two-year deal to ride for the Danish Saxo Bank team, beginning next year.

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