After testing positive for the veterinary steroid clenbuterol in 2010, Alberto Contador offered a bad-meat defense and then lashed out. “I believed in the anti-doping system,” he said. “I no longer believe.” The controversy won't prevent him from racing in this year’s Tour, but it did earn him a spot on our list.
Adri van der Poel
Dutch Tour de France Rider
EXCUSE: His father fed him pie made from euthanized pigeons.
1984 U.S. Olympic road-race gold medalist
EXCUSE: He’d gorged himself on poppyseed muffins.
SUBSTANCE: Possession of EPO, morphine, and clenbuterol
EXCUSE: They were medicines for his anemic dog.
wife of Lithuanian Raimondas Rumsas, who finished third at that year’s Tour
SUBSTANCE: HGH, EPO, and a dozen other banned materials found in her car by French customs agents as she was leaving the country
EXCUSE: They were for her mother.
2004 Olympic gold medalist
SUBSTANCE: Caught with somebody else’s DNA in his blood
EXCUSE: The DNA came from his chimeric twin, which had died in utero and been absorbed by Hamilton.
dethroned Tour champion
EXCUSE: General manliness and whiskey were to blame for above-normal T levels.
EXCUSE: Hey, he was having sex when the drug testers showed up unannounced to take his urine sample.
EXCUSE: His steak was contaminated.