Tour de France - CAS to rule on Contador before Tour

Thu, 31 Mar 09:51:00 2011

The Court of Arbitration for Sport is confident it can make a ruling on Spaniard Alberto Contador's doping case before this year's Tour de France starts on July 2.

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The International Cycling Union and World Anti-Doping Agency both appealed against the Spanish federation's decision to clear the triple Tour champion after testing positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol during last year's race.

"The parties will now have the opportunity to file written submissions including all their arguments and evidence," CAS said in a statement.

"The CAS secretary general has informed the parties that the CAS would be ready to establish a procedural calendar allowing for the settlement of the dispute before the end of June 2011."

Contador, 28, was cleared by the RFEC, who had initially proposed a one-year ban, after he claimed the agent entered his system from a piece of contaminated meat consumed during one of the rest days.

If eventually found guilty, the Saxo Bank-SunGard rider faces a two-year ban and being stripped of his title.


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