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Contador banned for year after test.

SPAIN'S Alberto Contador has been handed a proposed one-year ban by the Spanish Cycling Federation for failing a doping test at last year's Tour de France.

A spokesman for the three-time Tour de France winner confirmed the news in a statement yesterday evening, and also announced plans for a press conference this tomorrow to outline Contador's response to the matter.

The Madrid-born rider has 10 days to appeal the ruling.

The spokesman's statement said: "Alberto Contador has received today a notification of a one-year ban proposal by the competition committee of the Spanish federation and, therefore, together with Saxo Bank team manager Bjarne Riis, a press conference will be held on Friday, January 28 in Palma de Mallorca, to express their opinion about this case."

The 28-year-old Contador tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol on day two, July 21, of last year's Tour, but has maintained his innocence, claiming the substance was in some contaminated meat.

As a result, he was provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI), who commissioned the Spanish Cycling Federation to open disciplinary proceedings against the cyclist.

Should any appeal succeed, the UCI or the World Anti-Doping Agency retain the right to challenge the decision.

Contador admitted last year that a two-year ban would force him to walk away from the sport, saying: "It's too early to say at this moment...but I couldn't assure you that I would continue if there is a two-year ban."

Contador won last year's Tour as an Astana rider, beating Andy Schleck by 39 seconds, but has since agreed a move to Team Saxo Bank.


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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 27, 2011
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