alberto contador clenbuterol – Bike Intelligencer http://bikeintelligencer.com All bike, all the time Wed, 11 Nov 2015 18:11:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This Day in Doping: Spanish Beef Industry Indignant at Contador’s Claims http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/10/this-day-in-doping-spanish-beef-industry-indignant-at-contadors-claims/ http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/10/this-day-in-doping-spanish-beef-industry-indignant-at-contadors-claims/#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 04:57:32 +0000 http://bikeintelligencer.com/?p=4739 The world according to dope — the cycling world, that is.

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Suspended Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador’s contention that he ate beef contaminated with clenbuterol that later showed up in his drug test has generated some pushback from Spain’s beef industry. More from VeloNews.

Meanwhile, banned Italian cyclist Pietrio Caucchioli has decided to challenge the validity of the “biological passport” test used in his case. This comes just days after fellow countryman Franco Pellizotti was cleared of doping charges on the basis of insufficient evidence from biological passport data. Pellizotti’s lawyers argued the biological passport is not a reliable mechanism. If Caucchioli succeeds it could further cloud use of the bio passport for dope detection — in and of itself, at least. It still may find utility for casting suspicion on a rider’s performance — which then followup blood testing could confirm.

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This Day in Doping: Hope for Contador? http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/10/this-day-in-doping-hope-for-contador/ http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/10/this-day-in-doping-hope-for-contador/#respond Mon, 25 Oct 2010 22:07:37 +0000 http://bikeintelligencer.com/?p=4670 Help from unexpected quarters for the Spanish cycling star.

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Spanish police cracking down on a drug ring have given Contador fans — as well as the dour Spaniard himself — hope that yes, indeed, somehow Contador did in fact get that clenbuterol unintentionally by eating tainted beef during the Tour de France.

While the excuse seems contrived, the Contador case could rival the truly inspired ratonalization of French tennis star Richard Gasquet, who explained his positive cocaine test as the result of kissing a girl in a night club. Later testing seemed to reinforce his defense.

Contador also can take solace, perhaps, in the absolution of Italian racing star Franco Pellizotti, the bronze finisher in the 2009 Tour of Italy who later was placed under suspicion due to irregularities in his biological passport — a new anti-doping measure that looks at performance irregularities.

The most critical line in the news article:

Pellizotti’s lawyer, Rocco Taminelli, declared: “The biological passport is not reliable.”

If true, at least from a legal standpoint in a court of law, it could doom the whole concept.

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