7 Feb 2012

Tour de France winner banned for two years

6:05 am on 7 February 2012

The Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is set to lose one of his three Tour de France titles after being banned for two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for failing a dope test during the 2010 race.

Contador, who tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol, also faces losing his 2011 Giro d'Italia title and all his other victories last season.

The 29-year-old Spaniard Contador, who had threatened to end his career if he was found guilty, will also miss this year's London Olympics.

Contador had argued that the positive drug test was the result of eating contaminated meat.

He has 30 days to lodge an appeal with the Swiss Federal Court, and if his suspension stands he'll be eligible to compete again on the 6th of August this year.

Andy Schleck becomes the 2010 Tour de France winner, but he says he has no reason to be happy, and if he wins this year's Tour he'll regard it as his first victory.