Contador has 10 days to present any new evidence or material.
The only previous Tour winner to be stripped of his title was Floyd Landis in 2006.
A Contador statement said he will hold a news conference with his team director Bjarne Riis on Friday.
That decision, which will be handed down on Thursday by the Spanish Cycling Federation (REFC), is now heavily rumored to be a one year suspension, an exception from the standard two years, which would also result in the automatic removal of his 2010 Tour de France title.
Contador is currently at Saxo Bank-Sungard’s team training camp in Majorca, Spain, and will be expected to file an appeal on the decision within ten days.
Artist Peter Miller recently made the rounds through the bicycle internet community for his “yellow card.”
The passive idea is a self-produced magnet, which you can toss onto offending vehicles for later discovery.
Suppose it is better than my current way of handling these situations, which involves a couple of flying fingers…
Eighteen of the teams are “ProTeam” squads which according to UCI rules must be invited.
The four remaining wild card slots were given to French teams.
OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO (BEL)
QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM (BEL)
SAXO BANK SUNGARD (DAN)
MOVISTAR TEAM (ESP)
AG2R LA MONDIALE (FRA)
SKY PROCYCLING (GBR)
LAMPRE – ISD (ITA)
PRO TEAM ASTANA (KAZ)
TEAM LEOPARD – TREK (LUX)
RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM (HOL)
VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM (HOL)
KATUSHA TEAM (RUS)
BMC RACING TEAM (USA)
TEAM GARMIN-CERVELO (USA)
TEAM RADIOSHACK (USA)
Wild card selections:
COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE (FRA)
SAUR – SOJASUN (FRA)
TEAM EUROPCAR (FRA)
In case you’re keeping tabs on who’s running what, Campagnolo’s sponsored teams are listed above. They’ll be using the 11-speed Record and Super Record groupsets and aluminum and carbon wheels by Campagnolo and Fulcrum (which is owned by Campy).
Oh, and they did us the favor of listing what brand bike each team is riding, too.