The article quoted below brings up a lot of good points about the UCI’s practices when it comes to handling a positive. I don’t know what the truth is around this whole thing, but I’d bet on Contador losing the Tour de France win and taking some sort of suspension.
5 weeks was enough time for Contador to prepare a defence and said he had been a victim of food contamination and presented a full defence by his hired expert Dr. Douwe de Boer.
Lets correspond that with the case of the last rider to test positive for the same drug, Radio Shack rider Fuyu Li. At the Dwaars Door Vlaanderen on the 23rd of March 2010 the sample was collected. And on Thursday, April 22, 2010 the UCI released a statement of his positive A sample. ONE day after Fuyu Li and his team were notified. Three days later, the Chinese Cycling Association (CCA) were informed.
Without a strictly enforced protocol for informing of a positive result, there will be cries of favouritism and speculation of cover-ups. Best practise must be put into place for the information relay.