Contador suspended, stripped of Tour title

February 7th, 2012

I woke this morning to read the news headline “Contador suspended, stripped of Tour title“. While some may think it is a bad day for cycling I think it is a good result.

Regardless of whether Alberto Contador knowingly took the drug or he accidentally ate meat that contained the banned drug Clenbuterol, he still needed to be suspended and stripped of his results.

Either way, even in a small amount as he tested for, Clenbuterol would have given him an unfair advantage.

It causes an increase in aerobic capacity, central nervous system stimulation, and an increase in blood pressure and oxygen transportation. Something that would help an elite cyclist.

My biggest disappointment is for Andy Schlek who now wins the 2010 Tour de France (TDF). He has the title, but never had a chance to stand on the podium or ride other races as winner of the TDF. He has been robbed of that.

The same goes for Italy’s Michele Scarponi is set to take the Giro 2011 title. He misses out on all the celebrations of his win.

Time will tell if Contador comes back to professional cycling. Early indications from his brother/manager is that he will.

Time will also tell how he is seen by the public – as a great cyclist and great climber or the one who lost the TDF and Tour of Italy because of a positive test to a banned substance.