Eddy Merckx brands Alberto Contador's ban 'excessive'

Five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx says he is surprised that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has given Alberto Contador a two-year ban for doping.

Contador was found guilty of doping after testing positive for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour and maintains that the failed test was a result of eating contaminated meat.

Former Belgian cyclist Merckx says Contador should be "free" because only a small quantity of the banned substance was found.

BBC Sport