Doping in Cycling — Contador Runs out of Rope

Type: Easy Ride
Distance: 20.15 miles
Time: 1:00:20
Average Watts: 171 watts
Normative Power: 185 watts
Average Heart Rate:
Total Work: 569 kJ
Average Speed: 20.0 mph

Woke up and decided I wanted to push some pedals instead of running. I had a 6.0 mile run scheduled and just decided that I would ride 20.0 miles instead. It really is amazing how quickly you lose your bike fitness, even when you are putting in run miles. I was surprised today how slow I felt. Don’t get me wrong, a 20.0 mph pace is not slow, but man I had to work hard for it today. It did feel good to get out and ride. After all, my race schedule for 2011 does include both cycling and running.

As a quick sidebar — thanks for the comments yesterday on body image. I have some amazing readers and loved what ya’ll had to say on it. I think regardless of your size, we all have insecurities. It is great that some of you can be so open and honest about the struggles you have had with body image in the past.

Alberto Contador’s Story about Beef Contamination Cannot be Supported

This story should be important to you regardless if you follow pro cycling or not. Alberto Contador, the three time winner of the Tour de France (TdF), tested positive for clenbuterol on the drug test he took during the TdF on July 21st of this year. His attempted defense was that he got it from the beef he ate the night before. Clenbuterol is illegally used by ranchers to help their cattle put on more weight right before they go to market. While his defense seemed like a stretch, the argument may have had a touch of credibility.

However, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has not decided that they is almost no chance that this is how the banned substance made it into Contador’s system. Additional analysis has also yielded results that show small plastic fragments, consistent with those that are found in an IV. Really, I am thinking that there is little chance that Contador is going to slip through these accusations. You can read about the report filed by WADA here.

I was one of the fools who believed Floyd Landis after his positive test when he had won the TdF. I bought his book, read it carefully, and drank the kool-aide. As much as I would like to believe Contador, I don’t. It seems that he is using the same tired defense of other dopers — cast blame on someone else and then try and discredit the testing process. Landis took eroding the faith in testing labs to a whole new level. But the more I hear Contador trying to blackmail cycling into letting this fade away by threatening to quit, the more and more I think he is guilty. He tested positive for a banned substance. Period. Now we know it did now come from the beef he ate, so where did it come from?

I will let you draw your own conclusions, but with a banned substance and particles  from an IV in his body, the line from point A to point B is not difficult to draw. I would call on the Spanish Cycling Federation to ban Contador for the two year period that he deserves if he is still found guilty after all due process has been exhausted. There isn’t a rider who is above the law, and breaking hard and fast rules means that he should be banned. His threats to quit cycling do not amount to anything more than a kid telling you they are going to take their ball and go home. I say good riddance to dopers.

If you want to read a blog by a guy who is really pissed off about doping in pro cycling and who was a pro cyclist in the day, you need to read Joe Papp’s blog. He can break down doping like you wouldn’t believe and really calls things like he sees them. I love reading it and you will too.

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...