So here is my question. Suppose that CAS upholds a ban on Contador. When is the start date of the ban?
For example, let us suppose the ban is for one year (extenuating circumstances and all). Does the year start from his last - albeit nullified - race, which is likely to be the 2011 TdF? Or does his ban start from way back when the action against him was initiated, in which case he would not even really miss a season of racing. True, his results would be nullified but the advertising revenue was still generated and he did not have to go without pay or racing for a year.