The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has banned Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador for two years for doping and he has been stripped of his 2010 Tour de France victory. His suspension, backdated to the date of his failed drugs test, runs until 5 August and he will miss this year’s Tour and the Olympics.
The 29 year old Spaniard was found guilty of doping after testing positive for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour. Contador himself has maintained that the failed test was a result of eating contaminated meat.
Meanwhile, Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who finished second to Contador in the 2010 Tour de France, is set to be elevated to champion.
Under the rules of the world governing body, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), Contador also forfeits all his wins in 2011, which include the Giro d’Italia.