Alberto Contador was cleared of doping Tuesday after the Spanish cycling federation reversed its proposal to ban him one year for a positive test at the Tour de France.
Contador will keep his third Tour title and can ride in this year’s race, but the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency can appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Contador tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol during last year’s Tour. He blamed the result on eating contaminated beef.
The federation’s ruling came on the same day that the German Sports University lab in Cologne — which is accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency — said it found that humans can inadvertently ingest clenbuterol from eating contaminated meat.
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The lab carried out an investigation that found that 22 out of 28 travelers returning from China tested positive for low levels of clenbuterol, which is used illegally by farmers to bulk up livestock.
“One thing is clear,” Contador said, “I am not going to ingest any more meat.”
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