Contador tests positive for clenbuterol says governing body

Alberto Contador after stage 19 TT, Andy Jones at the Tour de France 2010

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), cycling's governing body, has provisionally suspended Tour de France winner Alberto Contador today after an anti-doping test taken at this year's race revealed traces of the banned drug clenbuterol.

The Spanish cyclist of team Astana tested positive from an UCI anti-doping control submitted on July 21, the second rest day of this year's Tour de France. He went on to win the race, his third overall victory, four days later on July 25 by 39 seconds ahead of Luxembourg's Andy Schleck.

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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.