Alberto Contador opens up about doping case
Sep 26 2017 06:18 pm CET

Alberto Contador opens up about doping case
Alberto Contador opens up about doping case
Photo of Alberto Contador © Mary Cárdenas /

Weeks after his retirement from professional cycling, Alberto Contador has discussed the doping case against him that cost him the loss of one Tour de France and one Giro d'Italia.

The case was based on the presence of Clenbuterol in a sample of the urine that the Spaniard had provided during the second rest day of the 2010 Tour de France, which he ended up winning. After a long process, the Court of Arbitration for Sport sentenced him to a two years suspension from the sport and removed his victories of the 2010 Tour de France and 2011 Giro d'Italia.

The rider decided to talk about this episode of his life in 'El Transistor' of the Onda Cero radio station in Spain. "From that experience I keep the feelings of the people that saw and enjoyed those races, and the results of my work and what it cost me to achieve what I achieved. I don't give any importance to something that is written on paper, I give it to my own feelings.

"It was a tremendous injustice. My palmares at the end includes three times three Grand Tours, but it is a complicated subject to think about. At the end nothing is going to change and people who have been interested in the facts know that what happened to me is one of the biggest injustices that have ever happened in the sport."

Contador also remembered the day that made him take the decision to retire in the current season. "I had doubts about it before the Tour but before the Vuelta it was already decided," he said. "In the days before the Tour I had very good numbers and I even considered the possibility to retire after the 2018 Giro d'Italia.

During the fifth day of the Tour, at the Planche des Belles Filles, I didn't have good feelings but I finished. But during the ninth stage to Chambery I had two crashes that took me out of the General Classification fight. When you're 25 you think you have other opportunities to win, but at my age you're considered old and you can see that in the performance of the stages. That day made me take the decision to retire."




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