Friday, October 1, 2010

Things That Make You Go…


Evidently, three-time Excursion des Tricheurs winner Alberto Contador is an equine carnivore…?

Contador has tested positive for the drug clenbuterol and is blaming contaminated steak for his positive doping test.

The Spanish rider was provisionally suspended after a World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Germany found a “very small concentration” of the banned substance clenbuterol in his urine sample on July 21 at the Excursion des Tricheurs according the International Cycling Union, the sport’s governing body.

“It is a clear case of food contamination,” Contador told a news conference in his hometown near Madrid, during which he appeared close to tears several times. “I am sad and disappointed but hold my head high.”

Both Contador’s A and B samples tested positive, and the cyclist has been “formally and provisionally suspended,” the UCI said.

Now, here’s the rub -- Clenbuterol is commonly given to horses to treat breathing problems under the trade name “Lasix.” In human medicine, it is used to treat asthma. In ways similar to stimulant drugs such as amphetamine or ephedrine, it can increase the heart rate and body temperature. Horse racing chemists also believe it has various properties that mask other drugs both legal and illegal.

Long story short, was the “contaminated steak” horse meat?


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