Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Contador is back, and racing today!

Alberto Contador is all clear to race again, and is expected to start the Tour of the Algarve in Portugal today. The Spanish cycling federation cleared the 3 time Tour de France winner (confirmed - for now) of all doping charges, despite his confirmed positive test results for small amounts of clenbuterol, and the detection of plasticizers in his blood at last years TDF.
Contador had a whole lot of political and sporting support in his appeal against the 1 year ban he received a short while ago from the Spanish federation, and they accepted his appeals against this ban. Now it's down to the UCI (see bellow) to decide if they wish to take action against him to try and uphold the ban. If they dow= they would need to lodge their petition with CAS, which if successful could still mean a full 2 year ban for Contador and the loss of his third TDF title. 

Contador case: UCI to study the RFEC’s decision 

The International Cycling Union has received the decision of the Disciplinary Commission of the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) in the case of Alberto Contador.

While acknowledging the differences between the conclusions of the recommendation that had been presented to the rider by the rapporteur of the RFEC Disciplinary Commission and those expressed in the Commission's decision announced today, the UCI reserves the right to conduct an in-depth study of the reasons behind the decision before expressing its opinion.

In accordance with the regulations the UCI now awaits the full dossier on the case from the RFEC.

Once this documentation has been received, the UCI will issue its decision within 30 days.