Alberto Contador has been cleared by the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation after testing positive for a banned substance at last year’s Tour de France and is free to return to competition immediately.
The 28-year-old Spaniard reported an adverse finding for Clenbuterol on July 21 last year, attributing the result on the second rest day to contaminated meat.
The RFEC’s disciplinary committee last month proposed a one-year ban but now Contador’s spokesman has confirmed the three-time Tour champion has been cleared and is free to begin the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal on Wednesday.
A statement read: “Alberto Contador has been officially cleared by the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation and has been authorised to return to competition immediately.
“If everything goes well, the rider will take the start, tomorrow, at the Volta ao Algarve.”