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Contador, team signed up for Colorado cycling event

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

Spain's Alberto Contador pedals as a fan holding a sign reading anti doping runs behind him, during the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Conegliano to Gardeccia Val di Fassa, Sunday, May 22, 2011. Alberto Contador extended his already commanding lead while fellow Spaniard Mikel Nieve Ituralde won the grueling 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday. A member of an early breakaway, Nieve clocked 7 hours, 27 minutes, 14 seconds over the five major climbs lining the 229-kilometer (142-mile) route from Conegliano to Gardeccia Val di Fassa. (AP Photo/Roberto Bettini, Pool)

DENVER – The world’s second-ranked cycling team, Saxo Bank-SunGuard featuring three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, plan to participate in the debut USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado.

The race comes through Aspen on Aug. 24.

Race officials said Thursday that Denmark-based Saxo Bank-SunGard joins the list of 10 other professional teams signed on for the race Aug. 22-28. The 500-plus-mile race starts in Colorado Springs, goes through several mountains, including passes more than 12,000 feet in elevation, and finishes in Denver.

Contador is scheduled to appear before the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Aug. 1. The International Cycling Union and World Anti-Doping Agency are challenging the Spanish cycling federation’s decision to clear him of doping after he tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol last year. He has said he consumed the drug in contaminated beef.

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