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Contador must wait until 2012 to learn fate

It looks the star will need to hold on until the New Year to discover if a proposed two-year cycling ban is to be implemented.

Contador has won the Tour de France on three occasions.
Contador has won the Tour de France on three occasions.

SPANISH CYCLIST ALBERTO Contador is unlikely to learn the final verdict on his failed dope test until next year, it has been announced.

Contador tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France, but has protested his innocence ever since, insisting he unintentionally consumed the substance after he eating contaminated meat.

Contador was cleared by the Spanish federation, however the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency have appealed this decision.

And despite the hearing taking place this week, the issue is unlikely to be resolved until next year.

A statement read:

“In the morning of November 24, 2011, the CAS panel…will hear the parties’ closing submissions at the CAS premises. The hearing will be closed at 12.30pm. There will be no press conference after the hearing.

“The CAS decision in this matter is not expected before the end of 2011.”

The three-time Tour de France winner faces a two-year ban if found guilty.

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