From the ESPN webpage.
“This is serious and this case needs to be clarified,” Pierre Bordry, the outgoing head of France’s anti-doping agency, told RTL radio. “Clenbuterol is a forbidden substance, whatever the amount which is detected. If they really found it, it’s forbidden.”
WADA director general David Howman told The Associated Press that testing positive for even the most minute amounts of clenbuterol could be enough to sanction an athlete, although he declined to discuss the specifics of Contador’s case.
“The issue is the lab has detected this. They have the responsibility for pursuing. There is no such thing as a limit where you don’t have to prosecute cases. This is not a substance that has a threshold,” said Howman, reached by telephone as he was changing planes in Dubai on his way to the Commonwealth Games in India.
“Once the lab records an adverse finding, it’s an adverse finding and it has to be followed up.”
“Clenbuterol is a substance that has been used for over 20 to 30 years,” he added. “It is not anything new. Nobody has ever suggested it is something you can take inadvertently.”
Key phrase is “even the most minute amounts of clenbuterol could be enough to sanction an athlete.” This, I think, it the crux of the matter. He has already been “formally and provisionally suspended” while this matter is sorted out. The “tainted meat” line is for public relations concerns. All that matters is 1) that the substance was in his body, and 2) what implications will that have regarding Alberto Contador’s retention of his first place finish in the 2010 Tour de France.
I see this going one of two ways; if the UCI determines that any amount is actionable, he will be stripped of his Tour title. Inversely, if the UCI determines that a minimum threshold of clenbuterol (or maximum, depending on how one frames it) is the appropriate determination of wrongdoing, he may be found to be below that threshold and thus retain his Tour title.by