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Alberto Contador: I can handle pressure

Updated: June 30, 2011, 10:32 PM ET
Associated Press

LES HERBIERS, France -- Three-time champion Alberto Contador says he is mentally tough enough to defend his Tour de France title under the intense pressure and scrutiny of an ongoing doping case.

The Spaniard begins his quest for a fourth win on Saturday, having been cleared by the Spanish cycling federation after testing positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol in last year's race.

The International Cycling Union and World Anti-Doping Agency have appealed the ruling ...

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