UCI Alberto Contador move questioned

Updated: March 31, 2011, 11:42 AM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Spanish sports minister Jaime Lissavetzky says the UCI's appeal of Alberto Contador's doping ban is "shaky."

UCI president Pat McQuaid has said the governing body appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport because of suspicions that Spanish cycling officials were put under political pressure to overturn the Tour de France champion's proposed one-year suspension.

But Lissavetzky says "the argument seems a little shaky."

Contador was cleared of a positive clenbuterol test after arguing the result was because of contaminated beef. Contador tested positive en route to his third Tour de France victory last year.


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