A Spanish cook says it was a series of unfortunate events that triggered the growing doping scandal surrounding Tour de France champion Alberto Contador.
Paco Olalla, a Spanish chef hired by Astana during the 2010 Tour, says he cooked the infamous steak that Contador says triggered his positive test for clenbuterol and has the receipt to back it up. Now he says it’s up to Astana officials to find it.
“I take care of everything I buy,” Olalla told the Spanish paper Diario de Burgos. “Astana demanded from me a receipt for everything and I gave it to them. Now everyone in the world is looking for this receipt. The receipt exists and Astana has it, and it will reappear if they want it to.”
Olalla backed Contador’s claims that steaks were brought from Spain to France during the second rest day of this year’s Tour. He said that the hotel food was bad and asked José Luis López Cerrón, a former pro and sport director, to bring along some steaks as he was travelling from Spain to the team’s hotel in Pau.
“There’s nothing to hide. It was just a string of bad coincidences,” Olalla continued. “It was my responsibility to cook the food and the hotel denied us use of the kitchen. At the same time, I talked with (Cerrón) and told him I needed a few things and if he could bring me some steaks from Spain because the meat in France was awful. This is what happened and it’s been a string of coincidences that have led to all this.”
Olalla said he prepared the team meals on the Astana bus and served the meat in question to the riders. Contador later explained only he and three Spanish teammates ate the Spanish steaks.