Alejandro Valverde Tour de France 2007 st 5

Spanish pro Alejandro Valverde has been banned from riding the World Championships by cycling's governing body, the Union Cycliste International (UCI), and will now face investigation for doping.

The Caisse D'Epargne rider has been linked to the Operacion Puerto anti-doping investigation carried out by Spanish authorities which centred around the Madrid laboratory of Dr Eufemiano Fuentes, which was found to contain sophisticated blood doping equipment. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the UCI cited Valverde's possible involvement with Operacion Puerto as the reason for his exclusion from the World Champs, due to take place in Stuttgart, Germany, on September 26-30.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.