UCI appeals Contador doping dismissal to Court of Arbitration for Sport

Decision based on review of Spanish federation file

The International Cycling Union (UCI) will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) the dismissal of doping charges against Tour de France winner Alberto Contador. The UCI said that its appeal was based on "an in-depth study of the file received from" the Spanish cycling federation.

Contador tested positive for Clenbuterol during last summer's Tour de France. The Spanish cycling federation originally recommended a one-year suspension, but ultimately cleared him from doping charges.

The Saxo Bank-SunGard rider had claimed all along that the positive control came from eating contaminated meat, and the Spanish cycling federation accepted his argument. It said that its decision to dismiss the charge was based on a UCI regulatin which says that an athlete can be exonerated if he proves that he had inadvertently ingested a banned product through no fault or negligence on his part.

Contador did not start his season until after the federation's ruling. He won two stages at the Vuelta a Murcia to take the overall title, and currently leads the Volta a Catalunya after winning Wednesday's stage.

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.

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