Valverde faces worldwide ban after losing appeal against Italian suspension

Alejandro Valverde wins Vuelta a Espana 2009, stage 21

Spanish professional rider Alejandro Valverde has had his appeal against a two-year ban from competition in Italy thrown out by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He now faces an international suspension.

Valverde had been hoping that CAS would overturn the two-year ban imposed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on May 11 2009. However, CAS found that the evidence and process used by CONI to place the ban on Valverde was entirely sound and within its jurisdiction.

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