The president of the Spanish cycling federation on Tuesday hinted Tour de France winner Alberto Contador could escape sanctions for testing positive for a minute amount of clenbuterol during this year’s Tour.
Cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, asked the Spanish federation on Monday to open proceedings and determine whether he has breached the anti-doping rules.
Juan Carlos Castaño said ‘‘there will not be any favourable treatment but speaking from the heart we would like the final decision to favour the sport’‘
The 27-year-old Spaniard blamed contaminated meat for his positive doping test which was 400 times less than the doping limit.
Contador could still face a two year ban and be stripped of his Tour de France title if found guilty by his own federation.