Contador back on his bike
Alberto Contador races again Monday for the first time since his six-month doping ban ended after being stripped of the 2010 Tour de France title for testing positive for a steroid.
The 29-year-old Spaniard will compete for Team Saxo Bank in the seven-stage Eneco Tour in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Contador tested positive for clenbuterol. His claim that contaminated meat caused the positive test was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, costing him the 2010 Tour and the 2011 Giro d'Italia title.
Contador says he has been through "a difficult six months," but that he'd "never thought about stopping" racing after his ban ended Sunday.
His following race is the Spanish Vuelta, which starts August 18.
Contador won the Tour in 2007 and 2009.