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Stripping Contador of Tour de France title bad for sport, say cycling greats

Melbourne, Tue, 07 Feb 2012 ANI

Melbourne, Feb.7 (ANI): The decision to strip Alberto Contador of his Tour de France title and ban him for two years for doping is another blow to the sport, cycling greats Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain have said.


Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour title Monday when the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected his claim that his positive doping test was caused by eating contaminated meat.


The Spaniard, who also won cycling's premier race in 2007 and 2009, joined Floyd Landis as the only riders to lose a Tour title.


"It's very bad for cycling. It's bad for everybody. It's like someone wants to kill cycling," quoted Merckx, as saying at the Tour of Qatar.


He added: "I'm very surprised, very surprised. It's bad for the sponsors. It's bad for the Tour (de France). It's bad for cycling."


Contador tested positive for clenbuterol from what he claimed was contaminated beef eaten on a Tour rest day in July 2010.


CAS called the claim "unlikely," saying the positive result "was more likely caused by the ingestion of a contaminated food supplement." (ANI)


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