The Vuelta a Espana would welcome Alberto Contador with open arms. If Contador rides, “it would be great news for the Vuelta, which always tries to have the best,” according to Javier Gullien, director of race organiser Unipublic.
Contador, who recently won the Giro d'Italia, is set to ride the Tour de France in July.
He tested positive for Clenbuterol at last year's Tour, and the Spanish Federation dismissed the charges against him this spring. The International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency have appealed that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The CAS hearing has been set for August 1-3, and it is possible that a decision could be announced before the Vuelta starts on August 20.
At this point, Jullien said, “the ball is in Contador's court,” reported the Spanish website as.com.