17 Feb 2011

McQuaid says he wants Contador case soretd by July

6:25 am on 17 February 2011

World cycling chief Pat McQuaid wants a definitive decision on the doping case of Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador before the start of the Tour de France in July.

Spain's cycling federation yesterday cleared the three-time Tour de France champion of knowingly using a banned substance in a dramatic U-turn that means he can ride in this year's race.

The 28-year-old's future had hung in the balance after testing positive for minute traces of the banned substance clenbuterol during last July's Tour de France.

Contador had repeatedly denied knowingly taking any banned substances, blaming the result on a steak he says was contaminated with traces of the muscle-building drug.

And UCI president McQuaid says he'll wait to study the complete file before deciding whether to appeal the Spanish Federations decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.