Tour champion Contador reacts to one-year ban

Puigpunyent: Alberto Contador will speak out on Friday for the first time since the Tour de France champion was handed a provisional one-year ban by the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) for failing a doping test.

The Spaniard has called a news conference at the luxury Mallorca hotel where his Saxo Bank team have their training base and may indicate whether he plans to follow through on his threat to quit cycling if the preliminary decision to suspend him stands.

The 28-year-old, who has denied using banned substances to enhance his performance, did not train on Thursday.

Instead, he remained at the hotel 20 kilometres outside the capital Palma, and a spokesman said he was disillusioned with the federation`s decision.

He will appear before the media at 1500 GMT with Saxo Bank boss Bjarne Riis.

Triple Tour champion Contador has 10 days to appeal before the federation decides on a final verdict and he also faces being stripped of his 2010 title.

He has been suspended provisionally since August after testing positive for a small amount of the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol during last year`s Tour.

He has denied deliberate wrongdoing, saying the failed test was due to contaminated meat.

Bureau Report