1 Oct 2010

Tour de France cyclist suspended

12:27 pm on 1 October 2010

This year's winner of the Tour de France has tested positive for a banned substance.

Spanish rider Alberto Contador says he was the victim of food contamination.

He says he ate tainted meat brought in from Spain on the day of the failed test, which was performed during a rest on the Tour.

Contador, 27, is a three-time Tour de France winner.

The BBC reports he has been provisionally suspended by cycling's world governing body after his A and B samples tested positive.

The UCI says the test found an extremely small trace of clenbuterol, which can enhance performance.