Tools Eat Beef

Posted: October 6, 2010 in It's All Important Stuff

I will caveat this, once again, with this clear statement, “I do not like Alberto Contador, because he is a tool.”

Cycling fans are in another conundrum.  We want the cheaters out of the sport of professional cycling and we are tired of the hits that the sport is taking.

In case you have not heard, Alberto, forever forward known as “Bert”, tested positive for Clenbuterol and type of chemical called a “plasticizer.”

During Le Tour, Plasticizer, was discovered in Bert. Evidence of that chemical in an athlete’s urine could mean the athlete has used a blood transfusion to boost endurance. The World Anti-Doping Agency bans blood transfusions or any intravenous infusions, except in a medical emergency.  A test performed on at least one of Contador’s urine samples from the Tour revealed levels of that chemical eight times higher than the minimum amount that signifies doping, according to a person with knowledge of the test results.

The next day he tested positive for clenbuterol, a weight-loss and muscle-building drug. Bert claimed that the failed test came from his consumption of tainted beef from Spain.

“Even without a validated test, it could be looked at in a case-by-case basis,” Francesco Botré, the chief of the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Rome, said. “If someone has a very, very high level of plasticizers in the urine, it would be hard for that athlete to explain how that happened if not for doping. If the level is lower, it obviously would make it much harder, but it would still be possible to prove.”

A day before the Tour’s decisive mountain stage, he tested positive for clenbuterol, a drug that boosts metabolism but can also increase aerobic capacity and the ability to process oxygen. He faces a two-year ban and loss of his Tour title if convicted of a doping offense.

Contador, who said he was tested eight times in the Tour’s final week, failed the test for clenbuterol on July 21, one day after the failed plasticizer test. Though the levels of the drug found in his urine were “very small,” according to the cycling union, doping rules say that any amount constitutes an offense.

So here we are again.  Did Bert eat tainted beef?  This is certainly possible, as cattle ranchers have certainly used Clenbuterol, illegally, to grow beef. I believed Tyler and Floyd and Lance.  At least two of them seriously let me down.  I sure as hell do not believe Bert.

Bert used drugs to win.  This is my opinion.  State your own.  The cyclists no longer get the benefit of the doubt.




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