The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled yesterday that Alberto Contador was found guilty of using clenbuterol, a drug used to mask sports enhancing drugs, and has been banned from professional cycling for a period of two years. He will also be stripped of all titles from the date of the positive doping test including his 2010 Tour de France win, which will be handed to Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck, with Briton Bradley Wiggins climbing on to the podium and Russian Denis Menchov finishing second, as well as his 2011 Giro de Italia win, which will be handed over to second place finisher Michele Scarponi.
Some may look at this as another black eye in a sport which has been marred by doping scandals in the past, but personally, I see this as a big win, reinforcing the claims that doping will not be tolerated at any level no matter who you are. Simply put, CHEATING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!
Kudos to the CAS for making the correct, if delayed ruling, and congrats to Andy Schleck for his new 2010 Tour de France title…revenge is sweet, especially after Contador’s “Chaingate” incident.