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Gipuzkoa government pays tribute to butcher in 'Contador doping case'

02/28/2012

Javier Zabaleta, the Basque butcher that Alberto Contador alleges the meat came from for his positive doping test, announced his lawyers are considering taking legal action against the Spanish rider.

  • Basque butcher Javier Zabaleta. Photo: EITB

    Basque butcher Javier Zabaleta. Photo: EITB

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The Regional Government of Gipuzkoa paid tribute on Tuesday to Javier Zabaleta, the Basque butcher that Alberto Contador alleges the meat came from for his positive doping test at the Tour de France.

The Basque butcher always maintained that the meat he sold to the rider had been bred in the Basque Country. Lawyers for the defense of Contador sustained that the meat was from a cow imported from a European country where farmers are known to give clenbuterol to cattle and swine to improve their market value.

In a event held in Donostia-San Sebastian in which several regional government authorities and beef producers attended, Javier Zabaleta announced his lawyers are considering taking legal action against the Spanish rider.

Spanish rider Alberto Contador lost his third Tour title and was banned for two years after having been found guilty for returning an "adverse analytical finding" of clenbuterol from a urine sample taken during the Tour de France. The cyclist was tested during the second rest day of the race and the second B test had confirmed the presence of clenbuterol, a banned anabolic agent.

Contador blamed food contamination for the finding. He said meat bought in the Basque town of Irun and consumed on the 2010 Tour's second rest day was responsible for the traces of the banned substance clenbuterol found in his urine sample.

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