Contador refuses to lie down

Tue, 08 Feb 04:50:00 2011

Alberto Contador has rejected the idea of accepting the one-year ban for doping he received after testing positive for clenbuterol.

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Last week his Astana team manager Giuseppe Martinelli suggested the Spanish rider should accept the punishment handed out to him and "start again".

But Contador, who failed the doping test at last year's Tour de France but has blamed the result on eating beef brought from Spain to France, has no such intentions.

"Why should I accept a one-year suspension if I did nothing at all? Frankly, it does not seem the right solution," Contador said on public radio in Spain.

"The passage of time and the support people have shown me have caused me to reconsider this idea. I want to fight."

Should the ban not be contested, Contador will lose his 2010 Tour de France title and have to watch from the sidelines for an entire season.

Only one other Tour champion has lost his title - Floyd Landis in 2006.


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