Things are never easy for Alberto Contador these days. The start of Wednesday’s first stage at the Vuelta a Castilla y León was delayed when the president of the jury demanded to see Contador’s racing license.
According to Spanish media reports, Isabel María Franco, a Portuguese member of the race jury, insisted on seeing the valid racing licenses of Contador and two of his Saxo Bank-Sungard teammates, Benjamín Noval and Jesús Hernández. Noval had his original license, but Contador and Hernández could only produce photo-copies.
That wasn’t good enough for Franco, who refused to allow Contador and Hernández to sign in before the start of the stage until they could show their original licenses.
Race organizers delayed the start of the race to allow Franco to speak directly with the UCI to confirm that the riders were cleared to race.