The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision of the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) to clear Alberto Contador of charges relating to his positive test for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France.

WADA’s appeal is separate to the appeal filed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to CAS last week.

In a brief statement issued on Tuesday, WADA said:

“The World Anti-Doping Agency (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.

“Mr Contador was acquitted following a positive test for clenbuterol during an in-competition test carried out on July 21, 2010.

“Following its policy, WADA will refrain from commenting further in order to protect the integrity of the process.”

Contador failed a test for clenbuterol on the Tour’s second rest day in Pau on July 21. He claimed that the banned substance was ingested via a tainted steak brought to France from Spain by a friend.

Contador was subsequently suspended from competition by the UCI pending investigation by RFEC, who cleared Contador in mid-February allowing him to return to racing.

The Spaniard won the Volta a Catalunya stage race – a UCI World Tour event – last week.

Given the complexity of the case, it is unlikely that CAS will reach a verdict until after this year’s Tour de France in July.

Related links

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


  • mick

    It just beggars belief, how can you be tested positive for a synthetic banned substance, then be cleared by your own countries cycling federation.
    obviously results (cash) has more standing in Spain than integrity/honesty.

    it is so incredibly simple to sort out…two year ban, don’t pass go, don’t collect £200… there you are sorted in minutes and the tour is months away.

  • Jon

    The thought of this cheat riding in and possibly winning the Tour is making me wonder whether I will even bother watching it this year. Which is a shame as it has always been a highlight of the summer.

  • Mike

    With you all the way Dave.
    This sport seems to enjoy digging itself int a hole.
    Why is it so complicated that It could take untill after the Tour to sort it out?
    He tested positive for a synthetic banned substance, end of story. That is without the seemingly swept under the carpet issue of the plasticiser in his blood.
    Two year ban, same as the other cheats, why the hold up?

  • Dave

    Stop this man racing, he has never denied the result simply stated he unknowingly ingested it, The rules are clear, knowingly or not he has tested for this substance and also ignored explaining the findings of the plasticiser.
    If he is allowed to continue racing and winning he will have influenced the results and riders who finish behind him may not necessarily finished in that order due to different dynamics of the race.

    Let us suppose that he is allowed to continue after appeal and his defence of tainted meat is accepted and then if an approved retrospective procedure for plasticisers is utilised and he is found guilty on this evidence will he be retrospectively sanctioned and all his results nullified?

    I also read that Movistar can not wait to get Valverde back and statements that teams are queuing up for his signature, this type of statement and the fact that neither the teams or the Clean riders refuse to either hire or in the case of the riders race with the dope cheats perhaps speaks volumes for the fact that it is a result and mney driven sport.