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Contador banned for two years

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Bad news for Alberto Contador as CAS overturns the ruling of the Spanish federation and hands out a two year ban. The ban is backdated,starting from January 1 2011 so he loses the 2010 Tour & 2011 Giro victories and is out from racing until August 5 2012 (time deducted for the provisional suspension served) . This also means that Andy Schleck gets the 2010 Tour win, Michele Scarponi is the winner of the 2011 Giro and anyone hoping to win this years Vuelta can probably start aiming for second place instead.

UCI pressrelease , CAS Press release, Full CAS decision in english (big Pdf)

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