Shane Stokes confirms that CAS will not hold the hearing on Alberto Contador's status until after the Tour de France:
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has confirmed the earlier suggestions that the previously-scheduled dates had been changed. Spanish newspaper AS suggested the hearing would take place in either July or September, thus past the start point of the Tour de France.
In a statement issued this afternoon, CAS suggests all parties concerned had agreed to the change. “Following the agreement between the Appellants and the Respondents, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has accepted to postpone the hearing in this matter in order to give to all parties concerned reasonable time to prepare for such hearing and to guarantee the participation in person of witnesses and experts.
“Accordingly, the CAS Panel has decided to cancel the hearing initially scheduled for 6-7-8 June 2011.
New hearing dates will be fixed as soon as possible.”
It's like someone hates pro cycling or something.