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Alberto Contador heads back to Saxo Bank training camp

Alberto Contador rejoins his Saxo Bank-Sungard teammates this week with a training camp on Mallorca as he waits to hear word on his ongoing doping case.

Alberto Contador rejoins his Saxo Bank-Sungard teammates this week with a training camp on Mallorca as he waits to hear word on his ongoing doping case.

Team manager Bjarne Riis and Saxo Bank riders will hold a press conference Friday, but officials close to Contador said Monday that he will not attend the media event nor be available to journalists.

Last month, Contador joined a team training camp on Fuerteventura. Though he is suspended from competition as he waits for the disciplinary process to play out, the UCI cleared him to train with his new teammates during training camps.

Contador has largely avoided media contact as he waits to hear the verdict from a four-member panel from the Spanish cycling federation on the ongoing “caso Contador.”

On Monday, the UCI’s medication commission is expected to delivery its input on certain medical aspects of the claims by Contador that he accidentally ingested clenbuterol while eating contaminated steaks brought into France from Spain.

That information should help facilitate a decision from the Spanish authorities, who have been moving slowly on making a decision.

Spanish cycling federation president Juan Carlos Castaño told the Spanish radio station “COPE” last week that a decision in the Alberto Contador doping case should be forthcoming between February 10-15.

Contador is facing a ban of up to two years and disqualification of 2010 Tour victory after traces of clenbuterol were found in his system in July.

Regardless of what decision the Spanish authorities make, the UCI, the World Anti-Doping Agency and Contador all have a right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Castaño said he expects some sort of appeal no matter what decision is made.