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Contador to hold press conference on Friday

Alberto Contador (Discovery Channel)

Alberto Contador (Discovery Channel) (Image credit: Sirotti)

Freshly crowned Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is scheduled to issue a public statement Friday along with Discovery Channel Team director Johan Bruyneel at the offices of Spain's Superior Council for Sports according to the International Herald Tribune.

The rider has been tied to Operación Puerto, the Spanish doping investigation. He is expected to make a statement, but not answer questions. No information was provided about the content of the upcoming announcement.

In 2006, Contador rode for Liberty Seguros, which was disqualified from the Tour de France before the race; hence he did not contest that edition. He has maintained his innocence saying he was in the wrong place at the wrong time although his name has allegedly appeared in documents relating to Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes, who was at the center of the Operación Puerto scandal.

Biologist Werner Franke recently turned over documents which he claims implicate Contador in Puerto to the German police, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has launched an investigation.

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