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Monday 04, Nov 2013

  Armstrong Was Clean After Comeback, Believes Schleck

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Armstrong Was Clean After Comeback, Believes Schleck

Andy Schleck, who was retroactively awarded the 2010 Tour de France win last year, says he believes former American cyclist Lance Armstrong when he said he did not dope after his comeback.

Schleck remarked he is confident that Lance was clean there because he beat him and, he mean, Armstrong won seven Tours de France titles. The Luxembourger finished runner up at the Tour de France three times and was handed the 2010 win when Alberto Contador was stripped of the title. He remarked Lance cheated in these seven tours but still he won these seven tours and so Lance still was a good rider and he made his comeback and got beaten the first year by Alberto and him.

In a televised interview this year, Lance Armstrong admitted that he had cheated his way to seven Tour de France titles by using banned performance enhancing substances. The cyclist, who has vehemently denied all allegations all these years, however denied any doping on his return from retirement in 2009.

The culture in cycling had changed and some of the comments made by Armstrong had been encouraging in that regard, remarked Orica-GreenEdge rider Simon Gerrans, who was defending the Tour Down Under title. The Australian said the fight against doping is an ongoing battle and he does not think any sport will ever be one hundred percent clean because people cheat–that’s human nature. Gerrans added but in saying that, he thinks one of the positive things that come out of Lance’s confession was that he did mention that the biological passport that has been in place now for several years, basically it made it impossible for him to do the things he was doing in the past – to cheat and win the Tour de France.

 

Cycling commentator Phil Liggett said Armstrong’s tears while he was discussing the impact of the lies on his family were probably genuine enough. He added he believes the only reason he’s come clean, except for the fact that he’s been forced to come clean, is that he would love to race again and he’d give anything to do that. Liggett added he doesn’t think at the moment he’s done enough to be given a relief on his life sentence, because we need to know names and how he managed to trick five hundred controllers throughout his career.

BMC rider Philippe Gilbert remarked he doesn’t think it’s important to talk about Armstrong and added he thinks we are just looking forward to starting the season and to finally speaking about sport. Gilbert added this is part of the story of cycling of course, but this is the past and we just want to see something different now.

Armstrong recently said the lifetime ban on him was like “death penalty” and cheaters other than him were given lighter punishments. Armstrong said he was wrong and the ultimate crime is the betrayal of these people who support me and believed in me and they got lied to. He remarked the penalty he was given by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was much harsher than the sanctions dished out to other self-confessed cheats.

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Friday 05, Apr 2013

  Fränk Schleck Free To Race From July

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Fränk Schleck Free To Race From July

Fränk Schleck will be free to return to professional cycling over a period of three months on July 14, 2013 after it was confirmed by the World Anti-Doping Agency that it would not challenge the one-year ban handed to the Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Leopard.

The rider tested positive for Xipamide during the Tour de France in 2012 and will miss out on this year’s Tour de France. The world governing body of cycling, the UCI, advised the cyclist on July 14, 2012 of an Adverse Analytical Finding in a urine sample collected from him at an in-competition test as the WADA accredited laboratory in Châtenay-Malabry detected the presence of the diuretic Xipamide in Schleck’s urine sample.

Xipamide is a prescription-only and orally administered diuretic drug that is also known as Diurexan. It is usually recommended by medical practitioners to help patients deal with high blood pressure. Sportsmen and others use it to help remove traces of banned substances prior to a doping control. It falls into a special category of substances under the World-Anti Doping Code called “Specified Substances.”

The Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency’s disciplinary Board could have issued a maximum two-year penalty, but went with one year after noting the extremely low amount of the banned substance. At that time, Schleck said in a statement that he was disappointed by the verdict but relieved that the judges acknowledged that the present is not a case of doping and that he had no intention to enhance performance as this is very important to him, his family, team, and all those who support him. The Agence Luxembourgeoise Anti Dopage (ALAD), Luxembourg’s national anti-doping agency, said that Schleck had failed to provide an adequate explanation of its presence and the cyclist decided not to appeal against the ALAD’s ruling. The anti-doping agency, in its ruling announced on January 30, said the cyclist had not ingested the substance intentionally and hair analysis carried out didn’t reveal any evidence of doping. It also said that Schleck’s biological passport was not suspicious.

The decision of the UCI and WADA not to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport means Fränk Schleck, the older brother of Andy Schleck, winner of the 2010 Tour de France, can target the Vuelta a España that begins in late August.

The cyclist won a blue riband mountain stage in the 2006 Tour de France which finished on the Alpe d’Huez, the 2006 edition of the Amstel Gold Race classic, and an alpine stage of the 2009 Tour de France, finishing in the sole company of his brother Andy and Alberto Contador. His past is not free from controversies as one day prior to a decisive penultimate stage of the Tour de France 2008 he was accused by the German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung to have a contact with the infamous Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes in December 2005.

Meanwhile, his brother Andy of RadioShack-Nissan is said to have been more seriously injured in the Critérium du Dauphiné crash than thought before and will not be able to ride in this year’s Tour de France. It was revealed by examinations that Andy had fractured his pelvis and will be out for six weeks.

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Thursday 10, Jan 2013

  Armstrong Will Confess To Doping, Says Schleck

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Armstrong Will Confess To Doping, Says Schleck

Tour de France winner Andy Schleck admits he is eagerly awaiting Lance Armstrong’s U.S. television interview on January 17 and will be fascinated to know how the disgraced cyclist will deal with his fall into disgrace.

Armstrong may win back some of his old fans through a candid interview with Oprah Winfrey on her cable TV network, Schleck says. However, he says that he is not sure if the Texan rider will admit to making the use of performance enhancing drugs during his career. Schleck said while arriving in Adelaide to prepare for the Tour Down Under that he does not believe that Lance Armstrong will go out there to say that he is innocent and didn’t do anything. He added that media and pressure on him will not make it easy for him to tell the truth after so many years. Schleck added that he believes that he will do the interview for a good reason and remarked that he was stunned by revelations made by USADA against Armstrong of doping. The Luxembourg star said we knew three or four years ago that the Lance Armstrong era was not the cleanest in cycling so far.

The New York Times last week reported that the disgraced cyclist is considering publicly admitting that he used banned substances in an attempt to make a return to competitive sport in marathons and triathlons. The Tour de France 2010 winner, Schlek said there is also a possibility that the 41-year-old Armstrong still believed he was innocent and had done nothing wrong.

Schleck won the event after Alberto Contador was disqualified for doping and the cyclist will be competing at the season-opening Tour Down Under for the first time. This season will be crucial for the future of cycling, said Schlek but added that expecting the sport to be clean will still not be completely possible. He further added that there are cheaters in every sport but they get caught in cycling, which is a good thing.

Schleck’s Radioshack Leopard Trek team will not include Frank, his elder brother, who is waiting the outcome of a disciplinary hearing after testing positive for a banned diuretic at last year’s Tour de France.

Meanwhile, Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur said he couldn’t see Lance admitting to widespread doping and added that a confession would lead to other matters and said he however will be interested as anyone else. Turtur added that it was going to happen sooner or later so we might as well get it done now and be done with it when asked if he was concerned by the timing of the Armstrong interview coming a week before the start of this year’s Adelaide race.

British cyclist David Millar has expressed concern over what he believes will be a “stage-managed” appearance of Armstrong with Oprah Winfrey. The broadcast will be the first interview of the cycling ever since he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after the US Anti-Doping Agency said he helped orchestrate the most sophisticated doping program in the history of cycling.

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Monday 23, Jul 2012

  Contador Agrees To Rejoin Team Saxo Bank

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Alberto Contador 2Alberto Contador Velasco, the Spanish professional cyclist, who won the 2007 Tour de France with the Discovery Channel team would rejoin Saxo Bank, the Danish team have announced.

Contador was stripped of his victory of 2010 Tour de France after he tested positive for clenbuterol. He was thereafter handed over a ban of two years, which was back-dated to January 2011. The cyclist had already served a provisional suspension of about six months and would be able to ride once more on August 5.

Contador said the support received from Saxo Bank and team owner Bjarne Riis has been extraordinary and he is looking forward to getting back on the bike.

The cyclist won the 2008 Giro d’Italia, the 2008 Vuelta a España and the 2009 Tour de France; he initially won the 2010 Tour de France and the 2011 Giro d’Italia with team Saxo Bank-SunGard but was stripped of these titles after being found guilty of doping. Considered to be the best climbing specialist and stage racer in the world, Alberto Contador is regarded as one of the finest cyclists who excel in all aspects of stage racing that are needed for high places in the general classification. Nicknamed El Pistolero, Contador was nicknamed Pantani (after Marco Pantani, who is regarded as one of the best climbers of all times) because of his climbing skills.

The star cyclist was barred from competing at the 2006 Tour de France because of alleged connections with the Operación Puerto doping case along with give other members of the Astana-Würth team. Later on, all players were cleared of all charges on 26 July 2006 by the Spanish courts. In September 2010, he made an announcement that his urine sample taken on a rest day in the 2010 Tour de France contained Clenbuterol traces. The Spanish cyclist claimed his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat. Anti-doping doctor Don Catlin added credibility to the explanation provided by the cyclist by saying clenbuterol is one of the more common contaminants found in food supplements.

The Legend of Alberto Contador

The Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) proposed a one year ban in late January 2011 on Alberto Contador but later accepted appeal of the cyclist and cleared him of all charges. In March 2011, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency each appealed the RFEC decision independently to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Contador lost his Tour de France 2010 title on 6 February 2012 along with losing the 2011 Giro d’Italia title. “The presence of clenbuterol was more likely caused by the ingestion of a contaminated food supplement,” Court of Arbitration for Sport said in its ruling in Lausanne, Switzerland. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who finished second at the 2010 Tour, was given the title of 2010 Tour de France.

After the ban, five-time Tour champion Eddy Merckx said, “It’s like someone wants to kill cycling.” Oscar Perreiro called the verdict “disgraceful” and claimed Contador “is innocent.”

The ban means the cyclist will miss the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, and the London Olympics, but he will be eligible to ride in the Spanish Vuelta, which begins August 18. With the ban, he becomes only the second Tour de France champion to be disqualified and stripped of victory for doping after Floyd Landis, the American who lost his 2006 title after testing positive for testosterone.



Alberto Contador Velasco Anti-Doping Violation
 

 

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Saturday 21, Jul 2012

  Backup Sample Confirmed Schleck’s Positive Test

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Frank Schleck Fails Doping Test

Frank Schleck had tested positive for a banned diuretic at the Tour de France, according to the backup sample. The Luxembourg rider, however, maintained his innocence and said he has not doped.

“The result of the counter test was positive but for me nothing changes,” Schleck said in a statement. “I just know that I did nothing wrong!”

On Tuesday, the RadioShack Nissan Trek leader was pulled from the Tour after the International Cycling Union said he had tested positive on July 14. His first positive test jolted this year’s Tour de France besides reviving the doping allegations that have long tarnished the image of cycling.

Schleck said after the first positive test if the backup sample eventually confirmed it, then a complaint would be filed “against an unspecified person for poisoning.” In a statement on Friday, he made no mention of poisoning or a legal complaint but remarked he was determined to find out how the diuretic, Xipamide, had turned up in his system.

“Since I didn’t take anything, I assume it must have been given to me by someone,” Schleck said, suggesting that he could have consumed the banned substance “through an accidental contamination, or it could be caused by something that is not yet known to me.”

Born on 15 April 1980, Schleck is a Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. He is the older brother of Andy Schleck, winner of the 2010 Tour de France. Some of Frank’s greatest achievements include winning a blue riband mountain stage in the 2006 Tour de France that finished on the Alpe d’Huez, the 2006 edition of the Amstel Gold Race classic, an alpine stage of the 2009 Tour de France, and finishing in the sole company of his brother Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador.

The 32-year-old said he has witnessed the backup sample analysis at the WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry south of Paris and said he vowed to “continue my search to find out how the substance could have entered my body,” after seeing the test positive.

 Frank Schleck out of Tour de France after failing doping test

The World Anti-Doping Agency defines “specified substances” like Xipamide as those that are “more susceptible to a credible, non-doping explanation” and the diuretic is classified as a specified substance and does not require a provisional suspension. According to the “Dictionary of Doping” by Jean-Pierre de Mondenard, a French expert, athletes who dope usually take diuretics such as Xipamide for masking other banned performance enhancing drugs, or as a supplement for weight loss.

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WADA Prohibited List 2012 En WADA list of Banned Substances which Contains a full set of banned Diuretics and masking agents

Tuesday 03, Jul 2012

  Alberto Contador banned by Court of Arbitration for Sport

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Alberto Contador has been stripped of his victory in the 2010 Tour de France and banned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

This was after the cyclist from Spain gave a positive test for the stimulant clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour and Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who finished runner-up by only 39 seconds, was awarded with winner title of the 2010 Tour de France.

Schleck insisted he would not take any joy as he always believed in the innocence of Contador and said his goal is to win the Tour de France in a sportive way by being the best of all competitors, and not in the court.

The positive test of Contador dates back to 21 July 2010, when he was tested during the rest day of the Tour in Pau, four days before the Paris finish.

The CAS verdict brings to an end to one of the most protracted doping sagas of cycling. Contador proclaimed his innocence since the test result was made public but the assertion made by Contador was dismissed by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Cycling Union (UCI) after the cyclist was cleared by the Spanish Cycling Federation in January 2010.

Wednesday 07, Mar 2012

  Two-year ban for Spanish cyclist

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has banned Alberto Contador and stripped him of his victory in the 2010 Tour de France.

Contador tested positive for the stimulant clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour and Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who finished runner-up by only 39 seconds, will now be the winner of 2010 Tour de France title.

Contador’s positive test is dated back to 21 July 2010, when he was tested during the Tour’s rest day in Pau, four days before the Paris finish.