Andy Schleck not revelling in retrospective Tour de France win

ANDY Schleck has been awarded the 2010 Tour de France title, following the Court of Arbitration’s decision to strip Spaniard Alberto Contador of the crown, but the new recipient is not happy.

Contador was banned yesterday for two years, meaning he will miss this year’s Tour and the Olympics, after being found guilty of doping, having tested positive for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour.

“There is no reason to be happy now,” said the rider from Luxembourg.

“First of all I feel sad for Alberto. I always believed in his innocence.

“This is just a very sad day for cycling. The only positive news is that there is a verdict after 566 days of uncertainty. We can finally move on.

“I trust that the CAS judges took all things into consideration after reading a 4,000-page file.

“If now I am declared overall winner of the 2010 Tour de France it will not make me happy.

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“I battled with Contador in that race and I lost. My goal is to win the Tour de France in a sportive way, being the best of all competitors, not in court. If I succeed this year, I will consider it as my first Tour victory.”

It was initially announced 2007 and 2009 winner Contador had failed a doping Test in September 2010, shortly after he had won his third Tour, but the 29-year-old always maintained his innocence.

He claimed he failed the test after eating contaminated meat, and rejected an offer from the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) to serve a 12-month suspension.

Last February, the RFEC withdrew any sanction against him, a decision which was subsequently appealed at CAS by the International Cycling Union (UCI) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

CAS yesterday partially upheld that appeal, ruling Contador must serve a two-year period of ineligibility starting retroactively on January 25, 2011, minus the period of the provisional suspension served in 2010-2011 (five months and 19 days).

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