Astana team backs UCI’s decision to provisionally suspend 3-time Tour champion ContadorBy AP
Friday, October 1, 2010
Astana back UCI’s decision to suspend Contador
PARIS — Alberto Contador’s former team is backing the UCI’s decision to provisionally suspend the three-time Tour de France champion after a positive drug test.
The Spaniard won his third Tour title this summer riding with the Astana team. He has since joined the Saxo Bank-SunGard team.
Astana said in a statement on Friday that team officials are “now expecting further explanations from Alberto Contador and support the UCI who suspended him provisionally.”
A World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Germany found a “very small concentration” of the banned substance clenbuterol in Contador’s urine sample taken on July 21 at the Tour.
Contador claimed Thursday that contaminated meat caused the positive result.