Alberto Contador to address panel as CAS hearing nears end

Alberto Contador's four-day hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will end as scheduled Thursday, and the three-time Tour de France champ was to address the panel on Wednesday.

Alberto Contador’s four-day hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will end as scheduled Thursday afternoon, court officials confirmed Wednesday.

CAS officials denied reports that hit the internet Tuesday that the complexity of the clenbuterol case might push testimony into Friday.

CAS general secretary Matthieu Reeb told reporters Wednesday “there will be no changes” in the scheduled allotment to hear the Contador case.

So far, lawyers from both sides and CAS officials have kept the case largely under wraps. That hasn’t stopped nearly a dozen journalists monitoring the proceedings in Lausanne, Switzerland, from trying to get a handle on what’s been going on behind closed doors.

The prying eyes of the media have prompted court officials to twice move the location of the hearing so that parties from all sides can relax during breaks, far from the cameras.

On Wednesday, Contador’s lawyers defended their theory that traces of clenbuterol found in his system on a rest-day control during the 2010 Tour de France came from eating contaminated meat.

Contador was scheduled to speak on his own behalf Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday, lawyers from both sides will make their closing arguments.

A three-member panel will consider the mountains of evidence and testimony in the coming weeks.

CAS also reconfirmed that a final decision on the case will not be announced before the end of the year.

Contador faces a ban of up to two years and disqualification of his 2010 Tour victory if found guilty.