Contador receives one year ban – stripped of 2010 Tour title

Cycling News is reporting that the Spanish Cycling Federation has suspended three-time, now two-time, Tour de France winner Alberto Contador for one year.

Contador will be stripped of his 2010 Tour victory which will make Andy Schleck the new champion.

The Spaniard has ten days to appeal the decision before the final ruling is issued on February 9th. Given that most drug bans are two years it’s likely that Contador will accept the terms of the suspension.

No word on how this affects Alberto’s contract status with his new team Saxo Bank but given his status in the peloton, expect Bjarne Riis to stand by Contador and wait a year to see if his investment pays dividends.

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3 Responses to Contador receives one year ban – stripped of 2010 Tour title

  1. Tim says:

    Hi Todd. Riis will have to stand by Contador – other than Richie Porte, he has nothing for 2011. No official confirmation that he will be stripped of the 2010 Tour yet, but when the verdict is made official (mid-Feb) that should just be a formality.

    I think an appeal to CAS is still likely, if only for Contador to continue protesting his innocence. One way or another, he will not ride the 2011 Tour, but depending on the start date of the ban it’s possible he might be eligible for the Vuelta.

    Last night’s news is just the beginning. This story will run and run, and drag the sport through the mud as it goes.

    http://thearmchairsportsfan.com/2011/01/27/contadors-one-year-ban-just-the-start-of-a-long-winding-road/

    • Todd Kinsey says:

      Tim – Good to see you again my friend. They still have Baden Cooke who admittedly is on the downside of his career and the two Sorenson’s are good support riders.

      I have a feeling he will accept his ban since it is only one year rather than the normal two. I think this may have been negotiated prior to the announcement yesterday.

      It’s a shame that cycling has to go through this.

  2. srcycler says:

    Thanks for the update

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