Well, when this was published just a few weeks afterwards a german table tennis player Dimitrij Ovtcharov had the same excuse.
It was funny how the german media reacted. Whilst Contador was clearly found guilty in all newspapers Ovtcharov was a victim of criminals who poisoned some meat.
The same pattern can be found when it comes to wintersports.
If a biathlete or speed skater from Russia or some other east european country is not allowed to take part in a comepetition it is clear that he/she must have used doping whilst if the same happens to german athletes german media always blame wrong results or the adaptation to the location.
It is everywhere the same . Estonian cross-country skier Veerpalu was tested positive HGH and found guilty by FIS, banned for 3 years. But he is kinda national hero in Estonia, twice Olympic Champion, twice World Champion .You could say he is ( was ) same in Estonia what Contador is for Spain.
You couldnt believe what happened next. Everybody and their grandma ( including Estonian skiing Federation ! ) started defend him :
1) they said his body is something special ,genetic mutation he has, produces HGH differently than in bodies of 99.5% other athletes
2) testing method is not reliable,
3)heavy practice and being in Alpine room fucked up results...
... and so on and so on.
Now the case is in Court of Arbitration for Sport, they spend huge amounts of money on lawyers.His fans made a support group in Facebook, and collected more than 60 000 supporters.There is even theory that this is all Norwegian conspiracy, who was jealous that skier from small ex-soviet country won so much gold in classic style,gold which always before belonged to Norwegian skiers ! Whats missing is story that aliens abducted him in night and injected artificial HGH to experiment with him.
I guess it is people`s nature : we are eager to point fingers, when someone strange is caught, but when he is " our guy",lot of people are just in denial, they cant and dont want to believe what lab results show.