Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, who is provisionally suspended following a positive test for clenbuterol, said Wednesday that he is happy his case is finally being handled by the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC).
“I’m happy that the case is being handled by the federation because that means we can now move forward,” said Contador, who potentially faces revocation of his 2010 Tour de France win and a suspension of up to two years.
Contador has claimed his positive result for trace amounts of clenbuterol, following a test on the Tour de France in July, was due to eating contaminated meat – although skeptics suggest he may have inadvertently put clenbuterol back into his system through a blood transfusion.
Earlier Wednesday a report in AS sports daily claimed the RFEC would take “at least two months” to decide whether it would sanction Contador or not.
The final decision of the RFEC’s Competition Committee on the Spanish rider “will not be known before two months,” the federation’s chief, Juan Carlos Castano, said.
“Everything depends on arguments that Contador will present and input the Competition Committee will seek from neutral experts to look into the veracity of the evidence presented,” AS reported.
Under UCI anti-doping rules, the RFEC has a maximum of one month to deliver its decision, but national governing body rules allow up to three months.
Provisionally suspended by the UCI, Contador’s future is hanging in the balance. If suspended for two years, he has threatened to quit the sport.
Contador, who also won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, in August signed a two-year contract with the Saxo Bank team.
Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck, runner-up behind the Spaniard in the last two editions of the race, has recently quit Saxo Bank and set up a new team with his brother Frank and many other members of the Danish outfit.