Spanish judge tries to block Italian Valverde investigation

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The legal battle over Alejandro Valverde?s blood DNA has began even before the Spanish rider decides whether or not he travels to Rome on Thursday for initial questioning.

Valverde will face accusations of doping from the Italian anti-doping investigators on Thursday afternoon but judge Antonio Serrano, who is in charge of the Operacion Puerto investigation in Madrid, has rejected the request by the Italian anti-doping investigators to allow them to use DNA tests of blood they believe belongs to Alejandro Valverde.

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