After a seemingly forever 566 days Alberto Contador was today handed a two year suspension by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for the presence of clenbuterol in his urine sample during the 2010 Tour de France.
The suspension means that Contador will lose race results dating back to the 2010 Tour de France and includes the 2011 Giro d'Italia. Andy Schleck will become the 2010 Tour de France winner. Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD) becomes the winner of the 2011 Giro d'Italia with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) moving into 2nd place and John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale) moving into 3rd.
Of the CAS decision Michele Scarponi said, "Together with my team, Lampre-ISD, I acknowledge the decision by the CAS about the Contador case. For what concerns the human aspect, I'm very sorry for Alberto. For what concerns the professional aspect, this decision doesn't change the value of the results I obtained and the targets for the future"
The two year suspension for Contador ends August 5th, 2012, which only leaves the Vuelta a España as the only grand tour he can contest this year.
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