The Rake, on 08 February 2012 - 09:19 AM, said:
I do feel for Contador at the moment, and after watched the press conference where he really did look like a little boy lost. It just seems incredibly odd that the CAS basically agreed with Contador that it was something he ate and not something he injected, but that he loses because it wasn't (or he couldn't prove it was) beef.
Anyway, I felt it odd that Riis was sat with at the press conference. Riis openly admitted to doping and keeps his Tour win, while Contador may have accidentally ingested an infinitessimally small speck of Clen (to build muscle mass - so the tiniest bit in this case), loses his Tour, Giro etc.
Wonder how Contador privately feels about that?
I'll have to admit Contador looked credible in the press conference video. He didn't pose an angry denial as some have in the past, just a quizzical wonder on how this could be happening to him. I'm not saying he's innocent, just that his demeanor and attitude made him more believable as a guy who just got screwed by fickle fate.
Then again I've been fooled before.
And this is why I hate those that don't have the balls to admit they doped from the start and try to cover it up and drag it out. They aren't doing any of us or the sport a favor.
In fact I think all of us appreciate a quick admission of the truth and confession if thats the case.
Regarding the decision on clen: I thought not having a threshold and thus you can have an athlete punished for an amount so small that it would have no performance benefit. - A threshold in the test could or may be - should be (?) set in the future.
Clenbuterol is used for asthmatics to aid in breathing in inhalers so it is widely available, mostly and is used to lose weight or in cattle/swine to increase leaness of meat (not something Contador needed to do)
That aside the WADA code of Strict Liability gives no defense if you took it in a supplement. It only judges if you had it in your system. In previous cases of a when a rider proved it was supplement caused the athlete lto test positive - they still got a ban of at least a year and some two.
Of course any rider would be very bright to save a sealed sample of all the supplements he takes in a season and purchase receipts so they could be tested to see if a supplement was the cause - not that it is a defense if it was - due to the strict liability clause.
The testimony for the plasticisers wasn't admitted as there is no validated test for the plasticisers so the CAS would not have used/should not use the info until it is. Fair enough.
Peculiar to this case is that Contador got to ride out most of his time ban... unlike Basso who served the full two year. Contador should be back almost as good as last season come August ready to race at a high level. That wasn't the case of Basso who took at least a year to return to form... proving the adage that you can't train to be in racing form you have to race for that.
So to me two nagging questions... no three:
Will Strict Liability ever be addressed/ or the punishment if you can prove source of the drug?
Will Clenbuterol test be given a threshold for a positive test?
When will we see a validated test for blood bag platicisers?
And who in gods name is going to go back and adjust the results of these races after the bans?
Ok I lied that wasn't three '
And should Lance Armstrong start worrying after the USADA gets the testimony from the Fed Grand Jury Hearings (would be a nice day for a wiki leak) '