Tour De France Champ Contador Suspended Over Steroid

Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of Spain has been “formally and provisionally suspended” by the international cycling governing body for testing positive for a prohibited substance.

The International Cycling Union or UCI said in a statement that both of Contador’s A and B samples tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned steroid that builds muscle and burns fat. The UCI said the tests were conducted on July 21, four days before the Spanish cyclist won his third Tour de France title in four years.

Contador denies any wrongdoing and insists that the clenbuterol entered his system through food contamination, the 27-year-old Spaniard’s publicist said. “The experts consulted so far have agreed also that this is a food contamination case, especially considering the number of tests passed by Alberto Contador during the Tour de France,” publicist Jacinto Vidarte said.