Alberto Contador cleared of doping

Alberto Contador has claimed that he felt that his honour had been attacked after he was cleared of doping by the Spanish cycling authorities.

Contador, a three-time Tour De France winner, was cleared on Tuesday by the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation, after he tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol at last year’s Tour. The RFEC had decided to give Contador a one-year ban from the sport, but he appealed and has now been given permission to race again. The Spaniard always maintained his innocence, and now feels vindicated.

‘I've been through some months that I wouldn't wish on anybody,' he said. 'You'd have to go through it yourself to really know how it feels, but in the end justice and professionalism has prevailed.

‘What's hurt me most has been the serious attack on my honour. Terrible things have been said about me and have done me irreparable damage. I now have another scar, which is inside and which will accompany me throughout my life. It's been six months of sleepless nights, of pulling my hair out, I've cried with my closest friends, in the face of such a great injustice.

‘I couldn't accept any type of sanction because I'm not guilty, I've not done anything illegal and the person I am and my honour would not allow me to accept any type of punishment, even at the risk of a bigger punishment. Nobody should think that this decision has been an attack of patriotism on the part of the Federation, this acquittal has been a question of justice.’

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