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UCI committee member says Contador should receive two-year ban

Unclear whether Danish committee member has inside info on cyclist's fate...

A member of the management committee of world cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has hinted that Alberto Contador could be looking at a ban of two years following his failed test for clenbuterol during last summer’s Tour de France.

Peder Pedersen was speaking on a programme on Friday evening transmitted on the TV2 Fyn channel of his native Denmark, also home to Contador’s new team, SunGard-Saxo Bank.

“The information we [the UCI] hold at the moment,” said Pedersen, “is that Contador has committed an offence that triggers a ban of two years, so I do not think he will race the Tour de France this year,” Pedersen told the programme, according to a report on TV2 Sporten’s website.

It’s not entirely clear whether Pedersen was talking about what is actually going to happen to Contador – the case is currently before the Spanish cycling federation, the RFEC, whose decision is expected within the next few weeks – or what he and the UCI believed should happen to him, and the Dane offered no further clarification of his remarks.

Clenbuterol is a substance for which no minimum threshold is required to trigger a ban, and Contador’s defence is based on claims that he ingested it innocently after eating a contaminated steak.

Should the RFEC fail to give Contador the full two-year ban that, on the face of it, the presence of clenbuterol in his bloodstream appears to merit, then the UCI is likely to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

 

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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