Stage 20, 2010 Tour de France
Stage 20, 2010 Tour de France

2010 Tour de France runner-up Andy Schleck expressed his hope on Thursday that race winner Alberto Contador would prove his innocence after the Spaniard was provisionally suspended for failing a dope test.

“I hope he is innocent and I think he deserves the right to defend himself now,” Schleck wrote on Twitter.

“What a crazy day in cycling with the news about Contador. I only heard about it in the press.”

If three-time Tour winner Contador is stripped of his title, Luxembourg’s Schleck would in principle be declared the Tour winner.

Contador has denied doping and claims he is a victim of food contamination.