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Cyclist Alejandro Valverde loses doping ban appeal

Cyclist Alejandro Valverde loses doping ban appeal

Switzerland's supreme court has upheld Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde's doping bans for using the blood-boosting hormone EPO.
The Swiss Federal Tribunal says it rejected Valverde's request to overturn suspensions imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).
The CAS banned the 30-year-old rider until January 2012 when it ruled in favor of the International Cycling Union and World Anti-Doping Agency in May.
The two organizations asked CAS to extend Valverde's ban worldwide after he was first suspended by CONI from riding in Italy.
The Italian body pursued Valverde using evidence from the Operation Puerto case after Spanish authorities refused to prosecute him.