Alberto Contador’s June trial has been post-poned until August thereby allowing the cyclist to compete in this year’s Tour de France. Last year the three time tour winner tested positive for performance enhancing Clenbuterol; the Spaniard claimed that the clouded urine was due to tainted steak. The Real Federacion Espanola de Ciclismo cleared the athlete, but investigations carried out by the Court of Arbitration for Sport are on-going. If found guilty, the cycling great stands to lose both his 2010 and, if he wins, the 2011 title in addition to a two year ban. A recent winner of the Giro d’Italia, a same year victory in France would elevate Contador to a legendary echelon achieved by few others.
The athlete doesn’t seem daunted by the trial, saying “It is an insignificant thing. It would be ridiculous for me to lose the Tour (at the CAS) and it won’t happen because I am full of confidence in my case.”
If however, things don’t go his way the title will be passed along to the runner up. Sports speculators have suggested that Andy Schleck, who was narrowly beaten by Contador last year, will place second.