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Confident CAS will clear him, Alberto Contador plans busy 2012 season

Alberto Contador is on a honeymoon in Rome and the Caribbean after getting married on Saturday, but he's already got his eyes on a big 2012 season.

Alberto Contador is on a honeymoon in Rome and the Caribbean after getting married on Saturday, but he’s already got his eyes on a big 2012 season.

The three-time Tour de France champion once again expressed confidence he will be cleared of clenbuterol charges when his long-running case finally hits the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) at the end of this month, and is preparing for next year as if he’s going to be in the peloton.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Contador reconfirmed that the Tour will be his top goal next season, with options of racing both the Olympics and the world championships.

Contador said he’d like to race at the London Games.

“I believe I can do a great result in the time trial after the Tour,” Contador said.

As for road worlds in the Netherlands, he said: “I don’t know the course yet for Limburg, but if it’s good for me, I’d like to race it. At least for the time trial.”

Contador hinted that he could start his season at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina in January and then race Tirreno-Adriatico, a race he’s never done because he’s typically started Paris-Nice.

He’ll likely race either the Volta a Catalunya, which he won this year, or the Vuelta a Pais Vasco before a likely run through the Criterium du Dauphine ahead of the Tour. He also reconfirmed he is unlikely to defend his title at the Giro d’Italia.

Concerning his clenbuterol case, set to be heard by CAS during November 21-24, Contador said he’s expecting a favorable ruling.

“It’s unthinkable to accept any kind of sanction,” Contador said. “When someone hasn’t done anything, there’s nothing to fear. It’s a question of pride. I look at it with a lot tranquility and confidence.”