Contador looks set for Tour

Delay means three-time champion can race in Blue Riband event

Last Updated: 31/05/11 6:09pm

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Alberto Contador: A Spanish tribunal accepted his explanation

Alberto Contador: A Spanish tribunal accepted his explanation

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Spain's Alberto Contador can defend his Tour de France title in July after the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed his doping case will be heard after the race.

The 28-year-old three-time Tour champion is waiting to learn whether CAS will overturn a Spanish cycling federation decision to clear him of any wrongdoing following a positive test for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour.

The International Cycling Union and World Anti-Doping Agency are challenging the Spanish cycling federation's decision.

A Spanish tribunal accepted Contador's explanation that he consumed the drug in contaminated beef.

The hearing was postponed last week and will now be heard from August 1-3. This year's Tour finishes on July 24.

Last week Contador claimed victory in the Giro D'Italia - cycling's second most prestigious event behind Le Tour.

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