Friday 24 February 2017

Cycling: Contador clear for Tour

Alberto Contador is free to defend his Tour de France title in July after the Court of Arbitration for Sport last night confirmed his doping case would be heard after the race.

The 28-year-old Spaniard is waiting to learn whether CAS will overturn a Spanish cycling federation decision to clear him of any wrongdoing following a positive test for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour.

The hearing was postponed last week and will now be heard from August 1-3.

The three-time Tour de France champion has blamed his positive test on contaminated meat. The Spanish cycling federation initially proposed giving the Saxo Bank-SunGard rider a one-year ban before subsequently acquitting him.

The International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency both appealed that decision to the CAS, which had been set to rule next month whether Contador would be banned for two years or not.

Irish Independent

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