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Alberto Contador doping: Contador feels he has been ‘unfairly punished,’ his spokesman says

PALMA DE MAJORCA, Spain (AFP) – Tour de France champion Alberto Contador feels he has been “unfairly punished” by Spain’s cycling federation, which has proposed suspending him for one year for a positive doping test, his spokesman said Thursday.

“He’s disappointed because he is innocent and feels he is being unfairly punished,” said Jacinto Vidarte.

Contador was at his Saxo Bank team hotel in Palma, on the Spanish Balearic island of Majorca, while the rest of his teammates continued training.

“He is not able to train and in this situation it does not make much sense,” Vidarte said.

The Spanish federation on Wednesday informed Contador of its recommendation of a one-year suspension for his positive drugs test from the 2010 Tour de France.

But it left it to the discretion of the three-time Tour de France champion as to whether he made it public.

The 28-year-old rider has 10 days to appeal the recommendation, and then can appeal the final decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He faces becoming only the second Tour de France champion to be stripped of his title, after American Floyd Landis in 2006.

The rider is scheduled to appear at a news conference in Palma Friday afternoon, along with the Saxo team’s director, Bjarne Riis.

VeloNews’ European correspondent, Andrew Hood, will report from the news conference.

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