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Alberto Contador to testify in Puerto trial

1/16/2012

MADRID -- Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is one of the cyclists who have been called to testify in the trial of seven people linked to the Operation Puerto doping scandal.

Spanish media reports say Contador, former Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso and Italy's Michele Scarponi will be questioned by a Madrid court.

Madrid's Superior Court is trying seven people on suspicion of providing doping services to cyclists in a 2006 case that implicated more than 50 cyclists in the use of performance-enhancing substances or practices.

Contador is still awaiting a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport in his own unrelated doping probe. The court said Monday it expects to rule on the case in about two weeks.

The Spanish cyclist is facing a two-year ban for testing positive for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France. He says the clenbuterol came from contaminated beef.

The court said it had planned to decide early this month, but blamed media reports for the "regrettable" delay.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.