WADA, the World Anti-doping Agency, has confirmed that it is to appeal the decision of the Spanish national cycling federation, the RFEC, to exonerate Tour de France champion Alberto Contador following his positive test for clenbuterol during last year’s race.
The appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport will be conducted as a separate process to that announced last week by world cycling’s governing body, the UCI, that it would appeal the decision, although it is likely that the two organisations will share resources in putting their cases together.
In a statement, WADA said that in line with its policy, it would “refrain from commenting further in order to protect the integrity of the process.”
Meanwhile it has emerged that contrary to a report in French newspaper L’Equipe last week, the possible presence of plasticizers that could provide evidence of an illegal blood transfusion will not form part of the UCI’s argument in its own appeal.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.