Speaking at the 2018 Vuelta a España presentation on Saturday morning, the recently retired Grand Tour star did not discuss what he thought of Froome’s case itself, but he did say that it would be best for the sport as a whole if it is resolved swiftly.
“There’s one thing that really needs handling, which is that the verdict is made as soon as it can be. It can’t be delayed, that’s bad for everybody, bad for the race organizers,” Contador observed to Spanish radio stations.
At the moment, no timeline has been established for how quickly Froome’s case could be resolved, but there are fears that it could drag on to the summer, when the Team Sky rider is aiming to battle both for a maiden victory in the Giro d’Italia and for a fifth win in six years in the Tour de France.
Contador himself lived through a protracted legal battle when he tested positive for clenbuterol in the 2010 Tour, a situation that was only resolved in February 2012, almost two years later, when the Court of Arbitration for Sport decreed that he should serve a two-year, partially retroactive ban. Contador has always insisted that there was no case against him and that he was innocent of any wrongdoing.
The Spaniard rode and won the 2011 Giro d’Italia and then placed fifth in that year’s Tour, when the final outcome of his case was still undecided. He was later stripped of those results as a consequence of his retroactive ban.
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