Contador to return from doping ban at Eneco Tour



MADRID (AP) — Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador says his first race after serving a doping ban will be next month’s Eneco Tour, where he will line up for Team Saxo Bank again.

Contador has been banned since February for a positive clenbuterol test taken en route to winning the 2010 Tour de France. He was subsequently stripped of the title.

The seven-stage Eneco Tour through the Netherlands and Belgium begins on Aug. 6, Contador’s first day of eligibility to compete.

Contador says he is “excited” about the race since “it will be my return to competition.”

The 29-year-old Spaniard, a two-time Tour de France champion, is using the race as a warm-up for the Spanish Vuelta on Aug. 18, whose “route is not favorable to me.”