Alberto Contador will not appear at a criterium at the end of this month or in any other event until possible doping allegations have been resolved.
That’s according to contacts close to Contador following reports in Spanish media that the beleaguered 2010 Tour de France champion was going to participate in a criterium next Saturday in northern Spain despite an ongoing investigation into alleged doping charges.
Officials from the Criterium Cuidad de Oviedo were quoted by several Web sites confirming Contador’s presence at the event planned for Oct. 30, but that was denied Friday during the official presentation of the race expected to draw several top Spanish cycling stars.
“Alberto Contador will not participate at the second Criterium Cuidad de Oviedo, prioritizing his desire to maintain a rigorous and respectful inactivity while the UCI takes a decision about his case,” read a statement released by organizers Friday.
Contador is maintaining a low profile while he is awaiting a decision by the UCI and WADA after testing positive for minute traces of clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour. Contador has been temporarily suspended and said he will not make further public appearances until a decision is taken.
Others expected to attend the event include Olympic champion Samuel Sánchez, Carlos Barredo and Chechu Rubiera, who will race for the final time of his career.