Because it hasn’t taken quite long enough, the CAS granted permission to delay the hearing of Alberto Contador and the Case of the Tainted Spanish Meat until at least November, allowing sides to continue to explore scientific support for their arguments. Contador’s attorneys are working to prove that clenbuterol, the illegal drug Contador had in his system in the 2010 Tour, is a common side effect found in meat when used by farmers. The UCI is countering with documents that show that use of clenbuterol has been outlawed and regulated well enough that the likelihood that accidental ingestion of the chemical would be extremely unlikely.
Between work (no, I don’t get paid for this except in +1’s) the Tour de France and training on my bicycle, the Update has received far less attention than it deserves. July saw the fewest posts in the history of this blog since its first month, back in July of last year. This is not a coincidence. They tend to have that Tour at the same time each summer, and at that same time each summer, my laziness, business and inattention combine to leave you, my Dear Reader, with a decided lack of Update. Here’s what I’ve been up to….
The Schlecks did well to steal a few seconds over the two summit finishes in the Pyrenees. On the climb to Luz Ardiden, the LEOPARD-TREK squad did the majority of the work to decimate the field and isolate favorites like Cadel Evans, Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso, and they succeeded for the most part in that goal. After a handful of testing attacks by both Schlecks, Frank finally pulled away and stole twenty seconds on the GC group containing Basso, Evans and the younger Schleck. On that occassion, Sammy Sanchez strolled off to win the stage, but the commentary was all about the margin of time Frank had taken.