The 2010 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance that aids in weight loss and muscle building.
The positive test may cost the three time Tour de France winner his most recent Tour title as well as a two year suspension from professional cycling. According to a press release issued by Contador publicist the Spanish cycling superstar will hold a press conference to explain the positive test.
"The experts consulted so far have agreed also that this is a food contamination case, especially considering the number of tests passed by Alberto Contador during the Tour de France," the press release states.
According to the New York Times:
"He learned about the positive test for the banned drug clenbuterol, a weight-loss and muscle-building drug, on Aug. 24, nearly a month after winning the Tour, the statement said. He had tested positive for the substance on July 21, one day before the race’s decisive mountain stage.
Contador, who has signed to ride for the Saxo Bank team next year, said he ingested the drug accidentally."
"This case required further scientific investigation before any conclusion could be drawn,” the statement issued by Contador's publicist went on to say.