MADRID, January 26, 2011 (AFP) – Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has been told of his punishment for his positive drugs test from the 2010 race, the Spanish cycling federation announced on Wednesday.
“The federation has notified him of the sanction. He has a 10-day window in which to lodge an appeal,” a federation official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP. The federation did not announce what the punishment was, a spokesman having said earlier that they would leave it up to the cyclist to do so. Spain’s sports media had reported that the rider may be suspended for one year over his positive doping test at last year’s event. “All indications are that the sanction proposed by the committee will be one year, so he will be stripped of his last win” at the Tour de France in July, sports daily Marca wrote. The only previous Tour winner to be stripped of their title was Floyd Landis in 2006.