Spanish federation suspends Contador

Spanish federation suspends Contador

“Alberto Contador has received today a notification of a one-year ban proposal by the competition committee of the Spanish federation,” said a statement from by the rider's spokesman Jacinto Vidarte.

Contador, who has threatened to end his career if he is punished, has 10 days to appeal the preliminary ruling before the RFEC makes a final decision.  The 28-year-old will hold a news conference on Friday in Mallorca where he is training with his Saxo Bank team, Vidarte added.

He made no mention of whether the federation had also decided to strip the Spaniard of the 2010 Tour title. Contador has been provisionally suspended since August after it emerged he had tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol during his third Tour de France win.

He has denied deliberate wrongdoing, saying the failed test was due to contaminated meat. Even if he accepts the federation's decision he may not be able to put the controversy behind him right away since the UCI, cycling's world governing body, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) could challenge the ban.

The UCI, rocked by several high profile doping scandals in recent years, may appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) if it feels the RFEC has been too lenient. Contador could also take his case to the CAS, sport's final court of appeal.