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Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will find out in mid-January whether he is to be suspended from cycling, a top official was reported as saying Wednesday.
Contador, the standout stage racer of his generation, was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) earlier this year despite testing positive for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France, which he won.
The Spaniard claimed he had ingested the banned substance by eating a contaminated steak, an explanation that satisfied the RFEC but failed to pass muster with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Both bodies appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the hope of seeing Contador sanctioned.
Following months of delays that ended with Contador pleading his case before a CAS hearing last month, CAS general secretary Matthieu Reeb said the court would make a final decision “between January 15 and 20,” according to rmcsport.fr radio.
If CAS upholds the appeals the Spaniard faces a competition ban and being stripped of his victory in the 2010 Tour and the 2011 Giro d’Italia, along with any other victories since July 2010.