The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have joined the International Cycling Union (UCI) in appealing against the acquittal of three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador following a positive test for a banned substance.
The 28-year-old Spaniard tested positive for clenbuterol on a rest day during the 2010 Tour. Contador protested his innocence and said the result must have been caused by contaminated meat he had eaten.
Contador was acquitted and given permission to resume his career by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) last month, but the UCI challenged that decision and confirmed their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on March 24.
WADA have now also appealed to CAS, and a statement from the agency read: “The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has filed today a declaration to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne against the Spanish Cycling Federation’s (RFEC) decision in the case of Alberto Contador.
“Mr Contador was acquitted following a positive test for clenbuterol during an in-competition test carried out on July 21, 2010.
“Following its policy, WADA will refrain from commenting further in order to protect the integrity of the process.”
Contador has enjoyed a successful return to the sport, winning the Vuelta a Murcia and the Volta a Catalunya.