The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has selected the three people who will rule on Alberto Contador’s clenbuterol case – and a verdict is likely before the start of this year’s Tour de France in July.

Efraim Barak (Israel), Quentin Byrne-Sutton (Switzerland) and Professor Ulrich Haas (Germany) will study the evidence in the case after the sport’s governing body, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) both lodged appeals subsequent to the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) clearing Contador of charges relating to the positive.

If CAS rule in favour of UCI and WADA, Contador will likely face a two-year suspension back-dated to the positive test (July 21 2010) and have any race results achieved since then stripped from his palmares.

Contador tested positive for clenbuterol in a sample taken during the second rest day of the 2010 Tour de France in Pau. He went on to win the race overall. When news broke of the positive test in September, Contador blamed it on the consumption of tainted beef brought from Spain by a friend.

Contador was suspended from competition whilst RFEC studied the evidence. They subsequently cleared him in February 2011 and the Spaniard returned to racing, going on to win the Volta a Catalunya and Vuelta a Murcia stage races overall.

Contador is listed to ride the Giro d’Italia in May for his Saxo Bank-Sungard team.

The CAS statement, issued on Wednesday (April 27) read:

“The arbitral Panel in charge of the appeals of the International Cycling Union (UCI) and of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the decision of the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) concerning the case of Alberto Contador has been constituted as follows: Mr Efraim Barak (Israel), President, Mr Quentin Byrne-Sutton (Switzerland) and Prof. Ulrich Haas (Germany).

“The written proceedings in this matter are likely to be concluded at the end of May and the CAS envisages to hold a hearing in June 2011, which would allow the settlement of the dispute before the end of June 2011. The hearing date will be published once it has been fixed.”

Related links
CAS to make Contador decision before Tour de France
WADA appeals against Contador acquittal

UCI to appeal to CAS in Contador case
Contador now cleared of clenbuterol charges
Spanish media claims Contador could avoid ban
Contador could use ‘Gasquet’s Kiss’ theory to back case
Contador says he will fight on despite provisional ban
UCI awaits final Spanish decision in Contador case
Contador tests positive for clenbuterol


  • Mike

    With you 100% Peter.
    Tainted meat, yea that would be right. That excuse flags up two issues. Firstly the athlete is responsible for what is in there system and clenbuterol is illegal in any amount.
    Secondly, no pro rider eats steak the night before the queen stage of the Tour, there diets are very closely monitored by doctors and nutrishonists.
    There was only a small amount left in his system for one of two reasons. One it was being naturally flushed out of his system, or it was a residue from a transfusion he had during the race and the amount was too small for his medical people to detect so they thought he was clean and could get away with the transfusion. Or how else do we explain the plasticiser that was also found?

  • PeterLB


    There is NO MINIMUM DOSAGE of Clenbuterol. Having it in your system is illegal at ANY LEVEL. The fact was that the amount found by the German lab was below the level that a WADA accredited lab has to be able to detect. That means the machinery in the Cologne lab can pick up smaller traces than they have to.

    Clenbeturol IS NOT FOUND in a normal meat eaters diet. It is banned from animal feed in Europe and you will not find it in the meat you eat on this continent.

    Please please please make sure you get your facts right when commenting on this stuff as it’s misinformed comment like that that helps the likes of Contador muddy the water and (sometimes) get away with it.

  • geoff smith

    ok but the levels found did not even meet the prescribed minimum dosage, it was minute traces, found in all regular meat eaters,,,

  • Ken Evans

    The problem is, if they let Contador off with his meat excuse,
    then it will be used by everyone else also caught with Clenbuterol, in future.