Alberto Gallego blames laboratory contamination for doping positive

Former Caja Rural rider Alberto Gallego says insists he has never taken Stanzolol, having failed a test of the metabolite of testosterone

Spanish cyclist Alberto Gallego, who failed an anti-doping test three days into his professional career, blamed contamination yesterday for his positive result.

Gallego signed for Spanish Pro Continental team Caja Rural-Seguros RGA after a successful year in the continental ranks that netted several top 10 placings in stage races. However, a pre-season test on January 3 revealed the substance Stanzolol, a metabolite of testosterone, in his body.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.