Valverde appeals against Italian ban

Valverde Stage 1 Tour de France 2008

Alejandro Valverde has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his two-year ban from competing in Italy.

The Spanish Caisse d'Epargne rider was banned from taking part in cycle races in Italy for two years by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on May 11. The ban has yet to be extended to other countries, and Valverde won the Dauphine Libere stage race in France on Sunday.

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