Cycling

Contador eyes August return

2012-04-17 16:56
Alberto Contador (File)

Madrid - Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador said on Tuesday that he hopes to make his comeback from a two-year doping ban at the Tour of Benelux in August.

The week-long Tour of the Low Countries - known officially as the Eneco Tour - begins on August 6, the very day that Contador's ban comes to an end.

Contador told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that he also plans to take part in the Clasica de San Sebastian on August 14 before racing in the Tour of Spain in September.

"I will probably return before (the Clasica de San Sebastian) at the Eneco Tour," he said.

"For the first time, I can say for sure that I will be at the Tour of Spain."

Contador added that he is targeting a place in the Spain team at September's World Championships in the Netherlands and would like to compete in both the road race and the time trial.

"I would like to do both. In the time trial there are some steep slopes that I think could favour me, while in the road race there might be some riders who are better prepared than me," he said.

The 29-year-old reiterated that he had "lost confidence in sporting justice" after the two-year ban handed to him by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and also that he intends to race for Team Saxo Bank, despite reported interest from as many as six other teams, including Spanish outfit Movistar.

"My first priority is Saxo Bank. They have supported me unconditionally throughout knowing everything that happened," Contador said.

"Both the manager and the sporting director have been fantastic, and that means a lot. I couldn't give a value to the support they have given me and that is why I can't see my future being anywhere other than Saxo Bank."

The rider was banned for testing positive for the anabolic steroid clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France.

He blamed his positive test on a contaminated steak that he ate during that year's Tour, one of three editions of the race that he won.

He was stripped of the 2010 Tour victory and the ban means he will not be able to compete at this year's Olympics.

Read more on:    alberto contador  |  cycling
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.