Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador has confirmed he will make his return to competition the day after his two-year doping ban expires at the Eneco Tour in Belgium and Holland on August 6th.
Contador was banned for testing positive for the anabolic steroid clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France. He blamed his positive test on a contaminated steak that he ate during that year's Tour, one of three editions of the race that he won.
He was stripped of the 2010 Tour victory and of his 2011 Tour of Italy title and the ban meant he could not compete at this year's Olympics.
The 29-year-old, who is under contract with Saxo Bank until 2015, will be using the Eneco Tour to prepare for the Tour of Spain, which starts on August 18 in Pamplona.