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Contador back training after doping ban

Spanish Cyclist Alberto Contador of Spain, left, gestures besides Bjarne Riis, Saxo Bank-Sun Guard team head, during a news conference in Pinto on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 7, 2012. Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title and banned for two years after sport's highest court found the Spanish cyclist guilty of doping on Monday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended the three-time Tour champion after rejecting his claim that his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat. Spanish Cyclist Alberto Contador of Spain, left, gestures besides Bjarne Riis, Saxo Bank-Sun Guard team head, during a news conference in Pinto on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Feb. 7, 2012. Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title and banned for two years after sport's highest court found the Spanish cyclist guilty of doping on Monday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended the three-time Tour champion after rejecting his claim that his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
February 10, 2012
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MADRID—Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador returned to training for competition Friday, four days after receiving a two-year doping ban from sport's highest court.

Contador tweeted a photo of himself on a bike along with the message: "Going back to work, sacrifice and hard training, this is our sole secret."

On Monday, Contador received a retroactive ban and was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title because of a positive test for clenbuterol taken during the Tour.

Contador can return to competition Aug. 6 but will miss this year's Tour, Giro d'Italia and London Olympics. He is eligible to race at the Spanish Vuelta.

Contador, who blamed the positive test on contaminated meat, hasn't ruled out appealing his ban.

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