Contador Hearing Pushed to November

Citing fatigue, rider will also skip Vuelta


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The Court of Arbitration for Sport annouced Tuesday that it is postponing a hearing to decide Alberto Contador’s 2010 positive test for the steroid clenbuterol. In seperate news, Contador announced yesterday evening that he will skip the 2011 Vuelta a Espana, the grand tour of Spain, which is set to begin August 20. Contador told Velo News that the knee injury he sustained in a crash on stage nine of the Tour de France had nearly forced him from the race. “I need to rest,” he said. This is the second major postponement of Contador’s CAS hearing, which was originally scheduled for early June, then pushed to August 1. The court agreed that lawyers for Contador and the UCI, which is appealing a previous ruling in Contador’s favor, needed more time to “to complete their evidence and arguments relating to some specific scientific issues.” The court expects to establish a new date soon for a what will likely be a November hearing. Should CAS find Contador guilty, he would face a two-year ban and be stripped of his 2010 Tour title.

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