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Contador tests positive for steroid

PARIS - Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador tested positive for a banned steroid during this year’s race and has been suspended by cycling’s governing body.

A lab in Germany found clenbuterol in Contador’s urine sample on July 21 at the Tour de France, according to a statement from the UCI. But the amount was “400 time(s) less than what the antidoping laboratories accredited by WADA must be able to detect,’’ the cycling organization said.

Both Contador’s A and B samples tested positive and the cyclist has been “formally and provisionally suspended,” the UCI said. Jacinto Vidarte, Contador’s publicist, released a statement Wednesday saying the cyclist insists food contamination is the only possible explanation.

“The experts consulted so far have agreed also that this is a food contamination case, especially considering the number of tests passed by Alberto Contador during the Tour de France,” Vidarte said in the release.

Contador will hold a news conference in Pinto, Spain, on Thursday, local time. Contador was first made aware of the positive test on Aug. 24, according to Vidarte’s statement. In July, Contador won the Tour de France for the third time in four years, beating Andy Schleck of Luxembourg by 39 seconds.

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