Alberto Contador has confirmed he will not retire from cycling despite a two year ban for doping offences imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The 29-year-old was facing the press for the first time after he was stripped of his 2010 Tour De France title when traces of the banned substance Glenbuterol were found in his system.
“I want to say I am going to continue my career full time and that I will ride in a clean way which I have always done. And even if my mood is down right now I can assure you that this moment will make me stronger in the future,” he said.
Contador, seen as one of the greatest cyclists of his generation becomes only the second rider in the history of the Tour De France to lose his title after Floyd Landis in 2006.
Andy Schleck who was second in the 2010 Tour has been declared the winner.
The two year ban is retrospective. It means the rider, who triumphed in the Tour in 2007 and 2009 will miss this year’s event and the Olympics, but will be eligible to be back in the saddle for La Vuelta in August. His lawyers could yet appeal the decision.