World champion Thor Hushovd finds the Alberto Contador situaiton “frustrating,” and is amongst those who don't understand why a final decision has not yet been made. The Garvin-Cervelo rider said it is unfair not only to Contador but also to all the riders in the field.
“Obviously it's frustrating. Especially in the sense that no one - including us cyclists too - don't understand. We don't understand why a decision can't be made. Can't you just give a yes or no,” he told dagbladet.no.
Contador tested positive for Clenbuterol during last year's Tour de France. The Spanish federation dismissed the charges, and the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency have appealed that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. That hearing has been postponed until the beginning of August.
“It's a shame that it won't be done before the Tour de France. It will only create negative publicity about both Contador, the Tour and cycling in general, both before and during the Tour. And that's the only thing anyone will talk about if he wins,” said Hushovd.
“What if he loses at CAS? Will he lose his victory if he wins (the race), or will he keep it? Is it so unfair to the others. There are questions there all the time.”
The Norwegian took a racing break after the Spring Classics, with his first race back the Amgen Tour of California, which he had to abandon due to illness. His next race will be the Tour de Suisse, June 11-19.
“Even though the results weren't so good in the spring, my form was good. In this respect there was no problem to retire in California. It would have been worse to push my way through just to finish.” But abandoning was not an easy decision to make. “You feel a bit like a 'loser' afterwards.”
Hushovd hopes to make up for a disappointing spring at the Tour next month. “My goal in the Tour de France is to win a stage. And of course winning the first stage. To get the yellow jersey would be fantastic, and I can ride the rest of the race in the rainbow jersey. It will be good.”