Alberto Contador’s participation in this year’s Tour de France looking is ever more doubtful as the investigation into his positive dope test for clenbuterol at the 2010 event drags on.
The Spaniard remains provisionally suspended from competition pending the enquiry and that lack of competitive riding and attendant fitness, according to UCI President Pat McQuaid, could be a deal-breaker in terms of his appearance at the Tour, whatever the outcome of the case.
"It is not a good place to be for Contador at the moment," McQuaid said. "We could assume that it's a possibility that he will not be at the Tour de France."
The case is currently in the hands of the Spanish cycling federation who have indicated that there may be an announcement on the outcome of their investigations and deliberations towards the end of this month.
Three-time Tour winner Contador is currently contracted to the Saxo Bank team in a two year deal that started this season.