I don’t think Alberto Contador knowingly ingested clenbuterol. I don’t have any proof of this, it’s just my opinion. Then again, the doping authorities don’t seem to know how the microscopic amounts of this substance got into his system either. They’ve decided to label him as a doper and strip him of a whole slew of titles he won even without proof of ANY illegal substance being in his system.
Now that Alejandro Valverde has made a successful return to the peloton, Michael Rassmussen is continuing to defend his ghostly itinerary, and Alberto Contador awaits a court’s ruling on the microscopic bits of clenbuterol in his blood, it’s once again time to reflect on the complexities of doping offenses and how we should react to it’s impact on our sport.