March 29, 2011 / 10:03 PM / 9 years ago

WADA appeals to CAS in Contador case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alberto Contador faces another hurdle in his bid to clear his name of doping allegations after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Tuesday it was joining the appeal against the decision to absolve him.

Contador, three-times Tour de France champion, was cleared by the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) last month following a positive test for clenbuterol during last year’s race.

The Spaniard said the positive test came as a result of him eating contaminated meat but the International Cycling Union (UCI) and now WADA have appealed the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has filed today a declaration to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne against the Spanish Cycling Federation’s (RFEC) decision in the case of Alberto Contador,” a WADA statement said.

“Mr. Contador was acquitted following a positive test for clenbuterol during an in-competition test carried out on July 21, 2010. Following its policy, WADA will refrain from commenting further in order to protect the integrity of the process.”

CAS general secretary Matthieu Reeb said this month that the court may not be able to rule on the case before the start of July’s Tour because a lengthy procedure lies ahead.

Contador, who plans to ride in the Tour, is continuing to compete and won the Tour of Catalunya on Sunday.

Writing by Mark Meadows; Editing by Ed Osmond

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