Contador leaves road open to appeal two-year doping ban

Cyclist makes emotional appearance in front of TV cameras

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Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador holds a press conference in Pinto near Madrid.
Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador holds a press conference in Pinto near Madrid.JAVIER SORIANO (AFP)

In an emotional appearance in front of the television cameras, Alberto Contador on Tuesday vowed to return to cycling after serving the remainder of a two-year ban imposed upon him by the Court of Arbitration for Sport(CAS) after a positive test for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour.

“I am going to continue fully in cycling,” the Madrid-born racer said. “I will continue to compete cleanly, as I have done all my life.” Describing the past year-and-a-half since the positive test became known as “a nightmare,” Contador declined to comment on whether his sanction was the result of a witch hunt.

“I don’t want to go into that,” he said. “Anybody who has read the resolution knows clearly that I did not dope.”

Asked whether he would appeal the CAS’ decision, which concluded that he had most likely ingested the banned substance via a contaminated food supplement, Contador said he “would fight to the end,” and that his lawyers would study all avenues.

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