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According to a report in Spanish newspaper El Pais on Friday, Spanish judges have said that any cyclist implicated in Operacion Puerto can queue up, hand over their DNA, and get it compared with the 200 bags of manipulated blood that form a central part of the anti-doping probe.

The story went round the cycling world faster than you can say Eufemiano Fuentes. Hardly surprising, really: on paper this appeared to be the breakthrough that everybody had been waiting for. Finally 'Nicolas', 'Sansone', 'Huerta', 'Valv.Piti', 'Urkos' and all the rest of the nicknames used when labelling those blood bags, several of which have already been discovered to contain EPO, could be revealed.

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