Alberto Contador’s case will not be decided before the middle of January 2011, according to Juan Carlos Castaño, president of the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC).

Speaking to Spanish newspaper ‘AS’, Castaño said he was not expecting the RFEC disciplinary commission which is currently studying Contador’s case to reach a verdict at any time before that.

Technically the time limit for a national cycling federation to reach a decision in anti-doping cases is 30 working days after it receives official notification from the UCI that a disciplinary hearing against one of their riders has to be opened. And in Contador’s case the hearing was formally begun in the RFEC offices in Madrid in early November.

However, that time limit is often broken – as was the case with Floyd Landis which went on for over a year.

Even if it does not take so long to reach a final verdict, like Landis case a definitive verdict over Contador is widely expected to be taken by CAS, meaning yet further delays to its resolution.

“We have to proceed carefully if we want to produce a credible verdict,” Castaño told AS.

” I’m not expecting anything before the middle of January.”

“In any case, I’m pretty sure this will end up in CAS, because not everybody’s going to be satisfied. It’s not an easy case and requires a lot of detailed study.”

Castaño was also asked for his opinion about a massive anti-doping investigation, Operacion Galgo, that  is currently taking place in Spanish athletics. Operacion Puerto doctor Eufemiano Fuentes is once again under suspicion as a result of Galgo, with a previously unidentified blood bag from Puerto believed to be a key piece of evidence that inspired the new investigation – although this time, so far, cyclists have not been implicated.

“This just goes to show that Operacion Puerto was not completed correctly,” Castaño pointed out.

 “Firstly because ever since 2006 we’ve been waiting to get access to the evidence so we can open disciplinary hearings.”

 “Secondly, it was always said that there were other sports involved, not just cyclists. At least, now, we’re seeing that all the effort put into Puerto is paying off.”

  • Mike

    Why so long?

    Both of his samples tested positive for a substance that is not naturally ocuring in the human body.

    None of his team mates or other riders in the peloton during the Tour had clenbuterol in there samples, so why is he being given special treatment?

    Guilty as sin. Ban him now.

  • theswordsman

    The RFEC said all along that while the UCI requires a 30 day response, Spanish rules give them up to three months, so this wasn’t unexpected. The RFEC will find Alberto innocent, which should give him a chance to race, like Valverde did. The UCi won’t expose themselves to the scrutiny and, shudder, being forced to tell the truth, so it will be up to WADA to take it to CAS.