He may have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in the 2010 Tour de France and yet not been cleared. But in his native Spain, Contador is still the hero and has been feted with an unusual gift.
Champion cyclist Alberto Contador has been awarded the peculiar honour of receiving his weight in honey, a delicacy of the Spanish town of Penalver.Contador, along with his bike, were weighed on a scale set up in the town square on Saturday. The total was multiplied by six for the Spanish rider’s major stage wins (three at the Tour de France, two at the Giro d’Italia, and one at the Spanish Vuelta) for a total of 130 kilograms of honey.
Contador is not alone in receiving such an unusual honour at Penalver, a municipality located in the province of Guadalajara, in Spain, that is known for his honey production. Spain football coach Vicente Del Bosque received the honour last year that is given to promote the local product. Contador is awaiting the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport on his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs in the 2010 Tour.