Alberto Contador is planning out his race schedule for next season with the Tour de France taking top priority. But everything hinges on his results at the end of this season.
While his race program is over, his biggest competition is yet to be decided. In November, the Spaniard and his legal team will battle the UCI and WADA over his clenbuterol tainted steak. It’s winner take all in Lausanne, Switzerland.
If he wins the race to convince the judges at the Court for Arbitration in Sports, his 2012 program is a go. If he loses, he’ll be watching a lot of steamy Spanish TV shows for a year or two while under suspension.
The verdict is scheduled for sometime around late November or early December — but then nothing in this case has gone according to set dates. At last count, his lawyers had assembled 800 pages of evidence and that was before they asked for addition time to include new findings. The reading alone is bound to slow a final decision from the judges.
But for now, Contador is free to dream. “The Tour de France will be the number one goal, while the new thing will be riding Tirreno-Adriatico,” Contador said on a web chat at the El Mundo site.
“In principal my season will include races like Tirreno-Adriatico, Volta a Catalunya and the Vuelta a Pais Vasco. I’d then like to ride the Dauphine to get ready for the Tour de France. We’ll have to see if I ride the Vuelta but it’s possible.”
Yes, anything is possible, conceivable, imaginable. But then, it things go badly in Switzerland, Alberto Contador’s 2012 race program will require little planning because there won’t be one.