Alberto Contador escapes cycling ban

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Updated: February 15, 2011

Alberto Contador’s recent suspension for taking performance enhancing drugs looks like it may be over before it has even begun.

If today’s reports from his native Spain are confirmed, the 2010 Tour De France winner will escape any punishment at all, thanks to the leniency of his national cycling federation.

The Spaniard tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol during last year’s Tour but the rider claimed he had ingested the drug, which is used illegally by some cattle farmers in Spain, by eating contaminated meat.

Originally the Spanish Federation recommended a one-year suspension, which was half of the ban that cycling’s world governing body the UCI had pressed for.

However, Contador appealed the one-year ban and, according to reports in today’s El Pais newspaper quoting sources close to the Federation’s Disciplinary Commitee, they have accepted the rider’s claims and will tell him later today that he is clear of all charges.

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