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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.



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Tuesday 12, Jun 2012

  Greg Ball banned for two years

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Ipswich’s world champion Paralympic cyclist, Greg Ball, has been stripped of his most recent world record. The cyclist was banned from the sport for a period of two years after testing positive to an anabolic steroid.

The cyclist tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, in a test conducted during Australian Track Cycling Championships in Sydney.

“Gregory would not have consented to the sample collection if he believed or suspected at the time that he was at risk of the violations. It would have been illogical for him to do so,” according to a submission that stated Gregory had taken prescribed anti-depressant medication in addition to his regular vitamins and supplements.

Wednesday 18, Apr 2012

  South Australian cyclist banned

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South Australian cyclist Stephen Sabine has been suspended from cycling for two years after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

Sabine tested positive to prednisone and prednisolone that are banned in competition when taken orally.

The cyclist, a doctor, waived his right to a hearing and accepted the maximum two-year ban.

Sunday 27, Nov 2011

  Paralympic cyclist banned

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Greg Ball, Ipswich’s world champion Paralympic cyclist, has been stripped of his most recent world record and banned from the sport for a period of two years after he tested positive to an anabolic steroid.

The cyclist tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, in a test conducted during February’s Australian Track Cycling Championships in Sydney.

“Gregory would not have consented to the sample collection if he believed or suspected at the time that he was at risk of the violations. It would have been illogical for him to do so,” according to a submission.

Wednesday 02, Sep 2009

  Cyclist Tyler Hamilton announces retirement

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Cyclist Tyler Hamilton announces retirement38-year old American cyclist Tyler Hamilton tested positive for the steroid DHEA or Dehydroepiandrosterone, during a surprise out-of-competition test last February 9 at the hotel where the whole team stayed. As a result, he would be facing suspension for a minimum of eight years to life.

This was his second doping offense in his whole cycling career. He initially tested positive for homologous blood transfusion in 2004. Anti-doping test in Tour de Spain found him to have another person’s blood in his system. He served the mandatory two-year suspension due to this offense.

Consequently, he decided to announce his retirement last Friday, August 28.

He admitted that he was aware of taking DHEA, which was found in one of the supplements he bought. It was called Mitamins, an over-the-counter herbal anti-depressant.

His decision to retire finally was also due to his battling with clinical depression, which started in 2003. He said that he would want to focus more in treating his illness.

The cyclist previously took the antidepressant Celexa prescribed by his doctor, but he stopped the medication due to its side effects.

According to the cyclist, he consciously took DHEA but it was not in any way for performance enhancement.

Tuesday 18, Mar 2008

  Steroid testing: losing all respect for mankind?

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bert steroidsIt seems that testing for dope, whether it’s steroids or other performance enhancers has become insane. This idiotic dope testing crew went to cyclists Kevin van Impe’s baby sons funeral and demanded he’d give a blood and urine sample. So is this right? are steroids becoming this much of an issue that we need to drag people out of funerals of their little babies to get a test that would be the same in 2 hours! Steroids aren’t the enemy it’s the foolish government policies that are.

I know that a lot of sports are doing their best to keep pace with performance enhancing drugs, particularly cycling, where cheating is rampant beyond belief. And one of the tricks to catching dope cheats is catching them totally off guard. But this may be taking it a bit too far.

Cyclist Kevin van Impe was at a crematorium last week dealing with funeral arrangements following his day-old son’s death when a drug tester showed up and demanded that van Impe provide a sample, warning that otherwise he could face a two-year suspension.
“He wouldn’t even come back later in the day. It was either do it right on the spot or it would be taken as if I had refused,” van Impe said.

You think you’re going to cremate your son, buddy? Not until you pee into this cup, you aren’t!

By the way, remember that during drug tests, they actually watch you pee so that you don’t pull a Whizzinator on them. So one minute you’re about to cremate your son, the next minute a dude is looking at your wang while you pee in a cup…

Cycling authorities have said that they’ll seek to avoid a repeat in such delicate situations. They now plan to only demand drug tests in less awkward situations like weddings and victory party orgies.