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by Shane Stokes
September 27, 2017
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The recently-retired Alberto Contador has commented on Spanish radio about his career, saying that his stripped victories from the 2010 Tour de France and 2011 Giro d’Italia were not justified. “It’s a huge injustice,” Contador told Onda Cero radio, referring to the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision to take those victories away. “It’s something that’s going to stay with me my whole life.”
Contador tested positive for Clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France. He blamed food contamination; CAS determined that a contaminated supplement was the most likely cause. Under WADA’s rules of strict liability, Contador was held responsible and lost those Grand Tour wins.
Talking about his career results, he continues to count those race victories amongst his palmares. “What I take away is the feeling that the fans had watching the races, that they enjoyed them, and the work I put into them, and what I achieved,” he said.
“I am not going to give too much importance to what appears on paper. The palmares in the end are three times triple crown (Giro, Tour, Vuelta), but it’s also a complicated topic. In the end, nothing is going to change, and the people who pay attention to this know it was one of the biggest injustices ever done in sport.”
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