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Team risks WorldTour place after Contador suspension

Bjarne Riis is set to appear before the UCI’s Licence Commission on Monday as it deliberates on whether or not Saxo Bank should retain its WorldTour status following the suspension of Alberto Contador.

Contador accounted for over 67% of the WorldTour points accumulated by Saxo Bank in 2011, and without his haul, the team would have finished bottom of the team standings and would also have failed to have fulfilled the sporting criterion required for entry into the WorldTour.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport handed Contador a two-year ban for a his positive test for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France, and all of his 2011 results have been expunged from the record books.
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Team risks WorldTour place after Contador suspension

Bjarne Riis is set to appear before the UCI’s Licence Commission on Monday as it deliberates on whether or not Saxo Bank should retain its WorldTour status following the suspension of Alberto Contador.

Contador accounted for over 67% of the WorldTour points accumulated by Saxo Bank in 2011, and without his haul, the team would have finished bottom of the team standings and would also have failed to have fulfilled the sporting criterion required for entry into the WorldTour.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport handed Contador a two-year ban for a his positive test for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France, and all of his 2011 results have been expunged from the record books.
Click here to read the full article on Cycling News

MADRID (AP) – Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title Monday and banned for two years after sport’s highest court found him guilty of doping.

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MADRID (AP) – Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title Monday and banned for two years after sport’s highest court found him guilty of doping.

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Alberto Contandor has been on undertaking the recon of several Giro d’Italia stages. In this video, Contador is studying the Monte Crostis climb and descent, and the Zoncolan climb of stage 14 of May 21st. Of Monte Crostis, Contador says, “It gives me fear”. The announcer describes the descent as impressive. The video ends with clips of the ascent of Zoncolan.

Gazzetta dello Sport reports today that Alberto Contador will remain with Team Astana for the coming season. The Spanish two-time Tour winner also signed a deal with Specialized. The American company will furnish bikes for Contador and pay him 700,000 euro for the privilege. Contador signed the deal in Madrid at the main offices of the Specalized importer in Spain, and the contract runs one year with an option to renew. Gazzetta suggests that a deal between Astana and Specialized, who also provides bikes to Quick Step and Saxo Bank, is in the works, but is not yet complete. It is possible that Contador and his team-mates could ride different equipment during the coming season, if Astana and Specialized do not come to terms.

On Friday, the UCI is expected to confirm the pro tour license for Astana. According to Gazzetta, Contador is already thinking of future seasons, and though the Italian paper does not name its sources, Gazzetta appears quite convinced that it is a done deal between Contador and Astana. To buy out his existing contract, Contador would need to pay Astana 2 million euros, a requirement reportedly not changed by the team’s license status. Gazzetta also dusts off the Ivan Basso to Astana rumor and suggests that Contador is planning to bring the Italian to the team in 2011. There is reportedly a close friendship between the riders (who knew?), and their representatives have already been in contact about a possible transfer.

But all that is for the future. At last we may have come to the end of the ridiculously drawn-out negotiations over Contador’s future. He will ride for Astana on Specialized bikes. The end?

— Source, Gazzetta dello Sport.