Tour de France - Spanish PM defends Contador

Thu, 10 Feb 23:24:00 2011

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero believes there is no legal basis for punishing Tour de France champion Alberto Contador over his failed dope test.

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"The Prime Minister Rodriguez Zapatero says that 'There is no legal reason to sanction Contador'," his office wrote on the government's Twitter feed.

The Spanish cycling federation has given Contador a provisional one-year suspension after he tested positive for a small amount of the anabolic agent clenbuterol during last year's Tour, his third victory in the event.

The federation is expected to reach a definitive verdict in the next few days after Contador and his legal team presented their final arguments on Monday.

The Spaniard has vowed to clear his name and has blamed the positive reading on cycling's "obsolete" anti-doping controls, saying the clenbuterol, which is a banned stimulant, must have come from contaminated meat he ate during the race.

He also faces being stripped of his 2010 title.


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