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UCI and WADA still weighing Contador appeal options

The UCI will decide later this month whether to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over Spanish authorities' decision not to press charges against Alberto Contador.

Cycling’s governing body will decide later this month whether to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over Spanish authorities’ decision not to press charges against Alberto Contador.

“We received the complete file on February 24, and we have one month in which to make an appeal,” UCI president Pat McQuaid said Saturday.

Three-time Tour de France winner Contador tested positive for a miniscule amount of clenbuterol during last July’s Tour. He was cleared to compete on February 15 when the Spanish cycling federation rejected a proposal for a one-year ban after accepting the rider’s claim that he had eaten drug-contaminated meat and was therefore not negligent.

McQuaid declined to give any indication as to which path the UCI would take in the case.

Contador faces another possible challenge from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which like the UCI can appeal the Spanish federation’s ruling at CAS. Unlike the UCI, WADA has until April 24 to make its move.

Contador, competing in this weekend’s Tour of Murcia, has promised to fight any new attempts by the UCI or WADA to impose a suspension.