“The UCI confirmed today that Spanish rider Alberto Contador returned an adverse analytical finding for clenbuterol following the analysis of urine sample taken during an in competition test on 21st July 2010 on the second rest day of the Tour de France. This result was reported by the WADA accredited laboratory in Cologne to UCI and WADA simultaneously.
“The concentration found by the laboratory was estimated at 50 picograms (or 0,000 000 000 05 grams per ml) which is 400 time less than what the antidoping laboratories accredited by WADA must be able to detect.”
“In view of this very small concentration and in consultation with WADA, the UCI immediately had the proper results management proceedings conducted including the analysis of B sample that confirmed the first result. The rider, who had already put an end to his cycling season before the result was known, was nevertheless formally and provisionally suspended as is prescribed by the World Anti-Doping Code.
“This case required further scientific investigation before any conclusion could be drawn. The UCI continues working with the scientific support of WADA to analyse all the elements that are relevant to the case. This further investigation may take some more time.
“In order to protect the integrity of the proceedings and in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the UCI will refrain from making any further comments until the management of this adverse analytical finding has been completed."
Now, you saw my tweets: "My first first thought was: if it's true, what must have passed / felt Andy in those days, coz obviously they knew". My second though was: so... TdF winner?
But how frustrating and sad all that is! Rebellin just got a 2 years ban and so Andy should also got his victory in Fleche (don't speack about Olympics mhm!!) http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/monaco-federation-confirms-rebellins-doping-ban.
I don't know if you know how these WADA controls works, but if and when something finally comes out it means that a lot of evidences were on the table. I am not happy. I would have been happy to see Andy atop the Paris podium in July.