March 30, 2011 – The World Anti-Doping Agency said it has joined world’s cycling’s governing body in appealing the Spanish federation’s decision to acquit three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador over a doping case.
WADA “has filed today a declaration to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne against the Spanish Cycling Federation’s (RFEC) decision in the case of Alberto Contador,” it said.
“Mr. Contador was acquitted following a positive test for clenbuterol during an in-competition test carried out on July 21, 2010,” the Montreal-based agency said in a brief statement on Tuesday.
“Following its policy, WADA will refrain from commenting further in order to protect the integrity of the process.”
Contador tested positive for a tiny amount of the banned muscle-building substance clenbuterol during last July’s Tour, which he went on to win.
But he was cleared to compete when the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) last month rescinded an initial decision to hand down a one-year competition ban.
It accepted the rider’s claim that he had unknowingly consumed drug-contaminated meat and was therefore not negligent.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced last week it would appeal to the CAS over the acquital, reviving the case against the Spaniard.
But Contador is free to continue racing until and unless the CAS rules against him.
On Sunday, he won the Tour of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, his second overall success in three races this season, having also won the Tour of Murcia.