Alberto Contador

Can cycling recover from all the drug allegations?

In need of cleansing

Lance Pugmire

Los Angeles Times

News that three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has tested positive for a banned stimulant, and is now claiming he ingested it through some bad beef is another blow to a sport that already has endured Floyd Landis' positive test and long-held lies, and now finds itself in the crosshairs of anti-doping's top investigator, Jeff Novitzky, in a Los Angeles federal grand jury setting.

The top target of that probe is seven-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong. So now we have a decade of winners clouded by doping claims, with new details certain to emerge in sworn testimony.

Cycling needs a...