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UCI seeks disciplinary action on Valverde involvement's in Operation Puerto

UCI seeks disciplinary action on Valverde involvement's in Operation Puerto

The International Cycling Union banned Alejandro Valverde from the Road World Championships on Wednesday and is asking for disciplinary proceedings to be launched into the rider's involvement in the Operation Puerto doping scandal.
The UCI said it requested that the Spanish Cycling Federation open proceedings against Valverde after concluding that the Spanish rider could have violated doping rules.
The worlds will take place in Stuttgart, Germany, from Sept. 26-30.
After "meticulously" examining a 6,000-page dossier from the Spanish district attorney, the UCI said it concluded "several documents may show the involvement of Alejandro Valverde in the affair."
"These proceedings would not imply any guilt on the part of Alejandro Valverde," the UCI said in a statement. "However, according to UCI regulations, and to safeguard the atmosphere and reputation of the World Championships, Alejandro Valverde will be prevented from participating."
If Valverde is found guilty, he faces a two-year ban and could lose a year's salary under the UCI's anti-doping charter.
Valverde, who races with Caisse d'Epargne, had opted out of next month's Spanish Vuelta to focus on the world championships.
One of the pre-race favorites, Valverde finished sixth at last month's Tour de France.
The Operation Puerto scandal broke in May 2006 when Spanish authorities seized about 100 bags of frozen blood in the Madrid offices of doctor Eufemiano Fuentes. At least five people were arrested on suspicion of helping athletes with blood doping.
On the eve of last year's Tour de France, nine riders _ including 1997 champion Jan Ullrich and 2005 runner-up Ivan Basso _ were excluded from the event after being implicated in the scandal. A sample of Ullrich's DNA later was matched to one of the blood bags. He has since retired, but has denied any wrongdoing.
The investigation implicated 58 cyclists, but a judge ruled that Spain's doping laws couldn't be applied retroactively and threw out the case.
However, the UCI has continued to pursue the matter and recently received the investigation files.


Updated : 2021-06-14 04:37 GMT+08:00