28 Apr 2011

Contador decision before end of June

7:39 am on 28 April 2011

The international sports court has indicated that Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will find out before the end of June whether he's to face sanctions for a positive doping test at last year's cycling race.

Contador's career has hung in the balance since he returned a positive test for minute amounts of the banned substance clenbuterol during what was his third successful campaign on the race.

The Spaniard was finally cleared of any wrongdoing by the Spanish cycling federation earlier this year but the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration.

Contador, who has since moved from the Astana team to Saxo Bank-Sungard, has vehemently denied doping, claiming his positive test was down to contaminated meat he ate on the race's second rest day.