Cycling’s world govering body the UCI has asked the Spanish federation to open disciplinary proceedings against Tour de France winner Alberto Contador.
The UCI made the request after the 27-year-old Spaniard tested positive for a very small concentration of the banned stimulant clenbuterol during this year’s Tour which he won for the third time.
In september Contador said “it’s impossible to ingest such tiny quantities of Clenbuterol, except by food-contamination and even then it would have absolutely no effect on your performance levels”
The amount of clenbuterol was “400 time(s) less than what WADA-acredited laboratories must be able to detect.
The UCI provisionally suspended Contador, who is cycling’s world number one, but his immediate future now seems to be in the hands of his own country’s federation.
If found guilty he could face a two-year ban and lose this year’s Tour de France title.