November 25, 2010 / 10:49 PM / 9 years ago

Alberto Contador repeats threat to quit if punished

Astana team rider and Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain shows his yellow jersey to the crowd during an official welcoming ceremony in his hometown of Pinto, outside Madrid, July 26, 2010. REUTERS/Susana Vera

MADRID (Reuters) - Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has reiterated his threat to quit cycling if he is punished over a failed doping test.

“It’s early to say it right now... but I cannot assure you that I would continue,” the three-times Tour winner said in an interview with Spanish television Thursday.

The 27-year-old has blamed meat bought in Spain and eaten on the 2010 Tour’s second rest day for the traces of the banned substance clenbuterol found in his urine sample.

He has been provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI), faces a possible two-year ban and could lose his 2010 Tour title.

He repeated his innocence Thursday and added that he hoped for a decision from the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) on his fate before the end of the year.

“I have not doubted even for a single second because at no time did I do anything irregular,” he said.

Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Ken Ferris

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