Cleared to ride again after a two-year doping ban he blamed on a contaminated steak, Alberto Contador launches his big comeback in a mountainous Tour of Spain today. He has kept his silence for months since the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport handed down a two-year ban to the Tour de France winner on February 6.
The injustice that Contador says he has suffered will now serve only as a spur to expand his collection of trophies. The 2012 Tour of Spain could be the first morsel of a comeback feast for the Saxo-Bank cyclist. The race, which Contador won in 2008, the only time he has previously taken part, looks to be well within his grasp.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2012.
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