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.