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Contador handed a one year ban from the Spanish Federation.

 

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-to-receive-one-year-ban-for-clenbuterol-positive

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Not all that surprising.

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I didn't think the Spanish Federation would even do that.  I'm sure the UCI is pissed that it wasn't the full two years.

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Bjarne Riis will be at his side for press conference. Didn't Riis admit to using EPO when racing? Hardly a strong endorsement.

 

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I didn't think the Spanish Federation would even do that.  I'm sure the UCI is pissed that it wasn't the full two years.



Bet they appeal to the CAS for the full two.  Gad, these things can drag out.  At least he won't be racing like the last time the Spanish Federation ruled on (or didn't rule on) ValVerrde.

 

Edit: The plot thickens:

 

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A two-year suspension would automatically force Contador to return 70 percent of his 2010 salary, or 3.1 million euros, said sports daily AS.

Rival daily Marca said the one-year ban “does not include a financial sanction”, unlike a two-year suspension 

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Bet they appeal to the CAS for the full two.  Gad, these things can drag out.  At least he won't be racing like the last time the Spanish Federation ruled on (or didn't rule on) ValVerrde.

 

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Prophetic Newfy, drag out it did.  Something is wrong when you get a two year ban and the process takes so long your ban is almost over by the time the final decision is rendered.
 

 

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I didn't think the Spanish Federation would even do that.  I'm sure the UCI is pissed that it wasn't the full two years.



You were also prophetic.  For those who have the good sense not to follow these things too closely, first the Spanish Fed gave him a one year suspension.  Contador appealled, and sure enough, as Roadrash predicted they dropped all charges on their homeboy.  The UCI (world cycling fed) appealled the Spanish Fed's dismissal to the International Court of Sport Arbitration, and they finally ruled today.

 

Meanwhile, Lance walks.  I'm quite pleased with both, simply because while Lance most certainly doped, he is retired and gone, along with all the dopers he raced against in that sad era.  Contador, is still racing in an era which is making some real efforts to clean the sport up.  (Also, it wasn't my tax dollars in the Contador case smile.gif)

 

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(Also, it wasn't my tax dollars in the Contador case smile.gif)

 

 

 

You mean "that paid for the prosecution", I take it.   

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Yeah, the big prosecution staff, travelling back and forth to Europe, all to nail Armstong, the big fish, the career making catch.  If the public good is really served by seeing him prosecuted for blood transfusions during races in 2004, they should go after all his teammates as well.  Somehow common sense prevailed, and the justice department can now go back to getting all those bankers they have been nailing since the 2008 economic meltdown.

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It seems a little bit peculiar to me that Contador's story would have been remotely expected to be believed- and yet we do not hear of teams contracting with labs to test athletes' nutritional and other intake -- on their own dime and independently of WADA, independently of race officials.

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