Monday 16, Jul 2012
Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador recently remarked that he is planning to make a comeback from a two-year doping ban at the Tour of Benelux in August. The week-long Tour of the Low Countries starts on August 6, the very day that ban of Contador comes to an end.
The cyclist was banned for testing positive for the anabolic steroid clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France.
“My first priority is Saxo Bank. They have supported me unconditionally throughout knowing everything that happened,” Contador said.
“Both the manager and the sporting director have been fantastic, and that means a lot. I couldn’t give a value to the support they have given me and that is why I can’t see my future being anywhere other than Saxo Bank.”
The 29-year-old Contador reiterated that he had “lost confidence in sporting justice” after the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned him for a period of two years and blamed his positive test on a contaminated steak that he ate during that year’s Tour.
He added he is targeting a place in the Spain team at September’s World Championships in the Netherlands and said he would like to compete in both the road race and the time trial.