Alejandro Valverde Pinarello Prince

Spanish and French newspaper reports have claimed that Spaniard Alejandro Valverde faces a possible bar from racing in Italy - should a re-opened investigation into Operacion Puerto by the local Olympic Committee (CONI) consider that the Caisse D?Epargne pro is implicated in the anti-doping probe.

The issue of whether Valverde is or is not implicated in Operacion Puerto has dragged on throughout the whole of 2007 with no real resolution. Now it is back in the newspaper headlines in 2008.

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