Contador to appear at hearing

2011-11-18 13:58

Madrid - Alberto Contador will appear in person before the Court of Arbitration for Sport to plead his case in a doping affair, the spokesperson of the former Tour de France champion said on Friday.

"He will go there, but we don't know yet when," spokesperson Jacinto Vidarte said.

He added that "neither Contador nor his layers will make statements" to the media when they attend the hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the CAS is based.

The CAS has set aside four days, November 21-24, for the high-profile case of the three-times Tour de France winner.

Contador, 28, tested positive for the forbidden substance clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour which he went on to win. He attributed the adverse finding to contaminated beef he ate before the doping test.

The Spanish federation cleared him of all charges, against which the ruling cycling body UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency lodged appeals before CAS.

The CAS hearing has been delayed twice from an original June slot. A verdict is not expected until January. If he is found guilty he will be stripped of the 2010 Tour title and other results including the 2011 Giro d'Italia title.