17 Feb 2011

Contador returns to competition immediately

7:13 am on 17 February 2011

The three-times Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has returned to competition a day after his provisional one-year ban for doping was lifted.

The 28-year-old had been suspended provisionally since August after testing positive for a small amount of the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol but the Spanish Cycling Federation has lifted the ban, because it couldn't prove intent or negligence on Contador's part.

Contador, who's now riding on the Tour of the Algarve, has always denied any deliberate wrongdoing saying the failed test was due to contaminated meat.

He says not yet decided whether he'll compete in the Tour de France in July.

Cycling's international governing body is yet to decide whether it will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.