Fans of Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador will don masks of their hero
Arguably the most prolific grand tour rider of his era, Spaniard Alberto Contador won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, the Giro d’Italia in 2008 and 2015, and the Vuelta a España in 2008, 2012, and 2014.
However, Contador is not without controversy. In 2010, an anti-doping test performed at the Tour de France revealed traces of clenbuterol, a banned substance. A drawn-out appeals process continued into the following season. He won the Giro d’Italia in 2011 and was fifth at the Tour de France that year. However, Contador’s appeal was unsuccessful, and he was subsequently stripped of the 2010 Tour win, as well as the 2011 Giro win and his result at the Tour that season.
His doping ban ended in August 2012, and Contador wasted no time, coming back to win the Vuelta that summer. Since his ban, Contador has been a regular contender at all three grand tours and a canny tactician willing to lose a podium finish for a chance to win it all.
'The time taken to arrive at a final decision, a long period after the affair, has affected events such as the Giro'
Contador outlines his future plans later Tuesday
A two-year ban that ends just six months after it’s handed down?
CAS’s ruling could end up costing Contador more than 5 million euros
The timeline of events that led to Contador's ban
Outraged Spaniards rallied behind three-times Tour de France champion Alberto Contador on Monday
Scores of results sheets will be adjusted following the CAS ruling
Schleck says he takes no satisfaction out of Monday’s ruling by the CAS to award him the 2010 Tour de France
A decision in the long-running doping case of Alberto Contador has been delayed yet again