Contador spokesman confims Tour plans

By the Associated Press | June 12, 2011 | 8:45 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A spokesman for Alberto Contador has confirmed that the three-time Tour de France winner will race in the cycling showcase this summer.

Jacinto Vidarte told The Associated Press on Sunday that Contador has decided to compete in the event beginning July 2 despite an upcoming hearing that could result in a doping ban.

Contador is scheduled to appear before the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Aug. 1, a week after the Tour ends. The International Cycling Union and World Anti-Doping Agency are challenging a Spanish cycling federation ruling that cleared him of doping at last year's Tour.

Contador won the Tour in 2007, 2009 and 2010. He won the Giro d'Italia last month and could become the first rider to win the Tour-Giro double since Marco Pantani in 1998.