Alejandro Valverde will face two hearings at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the New Year related to allegations of blood doping.

On January 12-14, 2010, the Spanish Caisse d’Epargne pro will appeal against his current two-year ban from competition on Italian soil set by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).

The second hearing, on March 18-21, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will appeal against the Spanish cycling federation’s refusal to opening a disciplinary hearing against Valverde.

Both cases relate to Valverde’s alleged involvement with blood doping, specifically centred on the Madrid laboratory of Dr Eufemiano Fuentes. The clinic and Fuentes were the subject of the notorious Operacion Puerto organised doping investigation.

CONI banned Valverde from racing in Italy for two years on May 11 after claiming that it had matched DNA in a blood sample taken during the 2008 Tour de France and blood bag number 18 from Fuentes’ Madrid laboratory. This, it said, contravened the UCI’s anti-doping regulations and a ban was imposed.

Valverde missed the 2009 Tour de France as the race entered Italian soil, but was free to ride in the Vuelta a Espana, which he won.

Despite the impending hearings, Valverde intends to kick off his 2010 racing season at the opening ProTour event of the year at the Tour Down Under, Australia, on January 19.

Related links
Valverde appeals against Italian ban
Explaining the Valverde case
Alejandro Valverde: Rider Profile

External link
Court of Arbitration for Sport

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  • Robert Fletcher

    [****] off Valverde, you know what you did, you know we know what you did! Stop telling lies! I hate people who lie!!!! I love cycling and I hate what you are doing to it, you cheated, you stole victories. The sport is beginning to clean up slowly, you are no longer wanted, you are why the sport needs to clean up. Go away and let the sport heal, let it one day get to better place, you are not welcome you had a chance but you thought “no I shall continue to lie! and steal victories and take the spoils that come with them”

  • Ken Evans

    Valverde is a big star in Spain, he has the money to buy assistance.

    There have been so many dopers in cycling, being harsh on any one rider is unfair.

    It is the culture, and the environment that rewards doping that is at fault.

    The general public don’t really care about doping, whether it be baseball, football, or whatever.
    Many ordinary people are so fat and unhealthy that they don’t have a clue what being an athlete means.

  • dave

    It really is outrageous, the way Valverde is being treated by the authorities. No other sport would take such action, and if this happened to Beckham, for example, there would be a national outcry, if it was based on the flimsy evidence in this case.
    Tennis is a classic example, where a well known long haired Spanish player’s name was also on the Puerto list, allegedly, and NO action has ever been taken against him.
    Get real, cycling authorities, do you have a death wish for the sport?!!!

  • dave

    Why does the UCI not show some balls and tell the Spanish cycling federation that until Valverde is called to heel that the UCI will not issue any Licences either amateur or professional to Spanish riders or teams.

    I’m amazed that in cases like Landis and co that the UCI does not block their return to Competition after the ban is completed, I do know it states a period that they are barred from competing but where is the rule that states on completion the UCI MUST issue a licence.

  • Guy

    Yeah,.and throw away the key…..

  • dr mabuse

    The saga continues.

    His evasion of the authorities is quite breath taking. Why the Spanish are so unwilling or unable to take him to task is inxeplicable. Hopefully CAS will ratify the CONI ban and make it world wide, but his slippery ways would seem to suggest that it’s a distant hope.

  • Mick

    Lock him up for good!